Quiet gardener contributed ‘great deal’ to Sidmouth’s awards

Derek Salter

Derek Salter - Credit: Archant

A gardener who contributed a ‘great deal’ to the prizes won by Sidmouth in Bloom in the 1960s and 1970s has been remembered with a bench in its latest project.

Derek Salter has been remembered with a memorial bench

Derek Salter has been remembered with a memorial bench - Credit: Archant

The plaque to Derek Salter reads: ‘A quiet man who worked solidly creating floral beauty around Sidmouth’s town and gardens and contributed to the Britain in Bloom awards for Sidmouth.’

The bench has been donated by his nephew, Michael Krysztofiak, a Briton living in Arizona who was inspired to support the volunteers’ efforts to create a sensory garden on the old boat park.

He said: “The time when Derek was active was when Sidmouth received the most awards. I think he deserves to be honoured.”

Sidmouth in Bloom chairman Lynette Talbot thanked Michael for the donation and praised the displays created by his uncle – a standard she and her fellow volunteers work to maintain.

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Anyone able to help maintain the gardens is asked to contact Lynette on 01395 578081.

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