Rotary Gardens memorial planned for former councillor

Posted on: 5 August 2019

Rotary Gardens in Barnstaple will soon have a new tree, planted in memory of former district councillor, David Butt.

David, who passed away in April 2016, was a prominent figure in North Devon.  He was involved in many fundraising activities, including the Green Man Festival and the Amigos charity, as well as being a district councillor for many years.

On Wednesday 14 August at 11am in Pilton’s Rotary Gardens, David’s family will plant a cherry tree and dedicate a seat in his memory.  Fittingly the seat was made from a large oak tree that was felled there around the same time he passed away.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says:  “David was a lovely man who played an important part in North Devon life.  When he passed away he left a big hole in the lives of everyone who knew him.  I would like to invite anyone who knew David to come along to the seat dedication and tree planting ceremony in honour of his memory.”

Councillor Malcolm Prowse, who was a close friend, says: “David was a lifelong friend and colleague who had a huge influence in every area he touched.  As Deputy Leader he was a champion for local communities, sports and arts.  He was a much loved teacher and his charitable works will be his legacy.  The world of Rugby still miss his leadership.”

For more information please contact council’s Parks Team on 01271 388326 or email parks@northdevon.gov.uk.

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