Clare park ranger ends career

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A SPECIAL presentation was made in Clare last week in recognition of almost 36 years service given to the town by park ranger John Laws, who has just retired.

Mr Laws, who was park ranger for the 32-acre Clare Castle Country Park, received a crystal glass beer tankard from Clare Town Council chairman Keith Haisman during the council’s annual meeting.

After the meeting, Mr Haisman praised Mr Laws’ contribution during his long tenure, saying: “He’s done a fantastic job, not only maintaining the green spaces and, of course, the trees and the habitat, but in attracting more wildlife to the park.”

Mr Laws has also helped the park receive two Green Flag awards.

The future of the Suffolk County Council-owned park has yet to be decided with two community groups in the frame for taking over its ownership and management

Clare Town Council, formerly Clare Parish Council, and the Friends of Clare Country Park, have submitted proposals to run the green space, which contains the remains of a 13th century stone castle keep on a 70-foot high moat overlooking the town. It also houses a former station master’s house.