unveiled for the late Derek Mead who had links to Burnham
memorial has been unveiled this week for local farmer and businessman
Derek Mead who died earlier in the year.
farmer Derek Mead, regarded as the farmers champion,
farmed around 3,000 acres in North Somerset but sadly died after
a machinery accident in June.
70-year-old dairy farmer was well-renowned in the Burnham-On-Sea
area, given his property interests which included the Highbridge
and his family have farmed in Somerset since the 1400s, and he pioneered
the idea for Puxton Park near Weston. A bench was unveiled this
week in his memory at the park.
Mead passed away after a farming accident at The Laurels in Hewish
just a month prior to the attraction celebrating its 10-year anniversary
Derek and his son, Alistair, wanted to help connect families to
farming by opening an interactive working dairy and succeeded with
Puxton coming to fruition in 2007.
wanted to ensure that his memory lived on for generations and made
donations for a memorial bench and plaque, which has been installed
inside the attractions grounds.
tree planting ceremony and plaque, also in memory of the North Somerset
councillor, will take place in the coming months.
Mead said: "We were truly humbled by the kindness of our staff
who have donated and installed this beautiful memorial for my father.
My family and I would like to thank everyone for their kindness
and help we have received since the tragic accident."
loved his businesses, colleagues and friends and I know he would
love to sit out in the Park on this lovely memorial area watching
(and chatting!) the world go by."
Mead was a grandfather, managing director of Mead Realisations,
and owner of Sedgemoor Auction Centre, the biggest auction centre
in southern England.
was also a long-term member of the National Farmers Union before
resigning in 2010, a racehorse owner, and enjoyed showcasing his
award-winning cattle across the region.