Tree marks work of Line Walk volunteer

David Balmer who was instigator of Whelnetham's Line Walk
David Balmer who was instigator of Whelnetham's Line Walk
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THE tireless work of the late David Balmer in creating Whelnetham’s Line Walk has been marked with a tree and plaque there in his memory.

Mr Balmer instigated the purchase of the former railway line and landfill site in 1983 and was at the forefront of work to make it an attractive 1.25 mile walk.

Whelnetham villagers and the family of David Balmer plant a tree in his memory on the Line Walk

Whelnetham villagers and the family of David Balmer plant a tree in his memory on the Line Walk

He worked for 38 years at Williamson Brothers’ fruit farm in the village and was 76 when he died earlier this year and 400 people attended his funeral.

His friend Brian Holmes asked the parish council to fund the tree and plaque and said: “He will be sadly missed. Just two days before he died I saw him cleaning the village sign.”

Mr Balmer’s widow Mary said he had noticed the signs were unreadable and decided to clean them so people would not get lost.

She added: “I liked the idea of planting a tree because I think my husband deserved the recognition because he did work so hard on the line and everything to do with nature conservation.

“He didn’t seek recognition and never did anything where he was at the forefront.

“The only time he couldn’t avoid that was when the Line won the conservation project award from the Community Council for Suffolk in 1984. He had to go to the presentation dinner and he didn’t like it!”

The tree planting was attended by his widow, four children, three grandsons, friends and parish councillors.