Celebrating 50 years at St Albans’ Clarence Park

Terry is to celebrate 50 years at Clarence Park

Terry is to celebrate 50 years at Clarence Park - Credit: Archant

A dedicated groundsman is celebrating 50 years at an iconic St Albans park.

Terry Dean started his apprenticeship at Clarence Park aged 15, and has devoted his life’s work to enhancing and developing the grounds.

On Sunday Terry, who lives just walking distance from the park, marks his 50th anniversary there.

Then on September 10, Terry will accept the Green Flag award on behalf of Clarence Park at a special presentation by the Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Geoff Harrison.

Matt O’Conner, managing director of council contractors John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance, said: “Terry is a valued and reliable member of our team. Throughout his career he has turned down several offers of a promotion as it would have taken him away from the park and the work that he loves.”

Apprentice workshops will be held on the same day which hope to find budding horticulturists ready to follow in Terry’s footsteps.

Terry will continue to work with the park for now, reducing his work three days a week.

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People interested in attending the workshop should email lorraine@johnoconner.co.uk.