The generosity and foresight of the late Joy Shepard was celebrated in Blenheim on 22 June 2007, with guests including the Mayor, Alistair Sowman.
Joy first approached QEII in 1987 about gifting 2.5ha of open space to the people of Blenheim.
'It is a privilege to see her wishes come to fruition with this gift of Sheps Park,’ said Yvonne Sharp, QEII Deputy Chairperson.
Protected by covenant, Sheps Park will remain in QEII ownership and will be managed by the Marlborough District Council.
'Green open spaces in residential areas are vital to our health and wellbeing and over time the appreciation of Sheps Park as protected open space will only increase,’ Yvonne said.
Yvonne, Mayor of Far North District, also acknowledged the valuable working partnership between the Council and QEII. ‘This is a perfect example of a council and QEII working together to protect land for future generations,’ she said.
Photo: Mayor Alistair Sowman and Yvonne Sharp, Deputy Chairperson, QEII in Sheps Park with the Wither Hills beyond.
Open SpaceTM Magazine No.70, July 2007 © QEII National Trust