A park attendant who served Ayscoughfee Gardens for 25 years has retired with more than a tinge of sadness.
Roger Nix (65) enjoyed his time at the Spalding park, but felt forced to take retirement earlier than he had hoped because of the stress brought on by anti-social behaviour which has blighted the place.
He said: “There are five acres of gardens and I enjoyed working out in the open. In the summer it was a totally different place to the winter. The job offered variety and the chance to meet people.”
He added: “I’m sorry to leave the job after 25 years. I had intended to stay on until the end of the bowls season but I couldn’t cope with the anti-social behaviour any more.”
One of the biggest changes to the gardens in Roger’s time was the replacement of a bowls green with the Peace Garden in 1995.
Ayscoughfee Bowls Club presented him with a tankard and a thermometer.