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Man whose flowerbeds brightened Wyre Forest dies
8:10am Tuesday 29th January 2013 in News
A MAN who brightened up Wyre Forest with flowers for more than 40 years has died.
Robin Minton, who lived at Wilden, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 62.
He started his 43-year local government career when he left school in 1966 and became a nurseryman at Brinton Park for the then Kidderminster Borough Council.
Eight years later he was left wheelchair-bound following a motorcycle accident but continued with his nursery work for the local authority.
In 1995 he joined Wyre Forest District Council as a nursery supply officer and took over the role of designing and creating the flowerbeds in the council’s parks and green spaces.
He was responsible for the highly regarded flower carpetbeds around the district, creating many intricate designs for sponsors over the years.
He was also involved in tree-planting schemes throughout Wyre Forest. Mr Minton latterly worked with the allotment team and also dealt with bookings for sports pitches for local football, cricket and bowling clubs.
He retired from council in 2009 and Angela Preece, who worked with him for many years, said: “Robin was a fabulous colleague and a great friend, who will be sadly missed.”
District council colleagues plan to install a bench and plant a tree in memory of Mr Minton near to Brinton Park Nursery.