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Memorial for late ‘farmers’ champion’ Derek Mead at Puxton Park

PUBLISHED: 08:07 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 04 October 2017

Derek Mead.

Derek Mead.

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Employees of the late Derek Mead have created a memorial for the renowned farmer ‘to ensure his memory lives on for generations’.

Puxton Park staff raised money and bought a bench to celebrate the life of Derek Mead. Puxton Park staff raised money and bought a bench to celebrate the life of Derek Mead.

Puxton Park staff clubbed together and bought a memorial bench in memory of Mr Mead, which has been placed in the grounds of the tourist attraction.

Mr Mead died in a farming accident at The Laurels, in Hewish, in June – just one month before the park reached its 10th anniversary.

His son, Alistair, said he and his family have been ‘humbled by the kindness of staff who donated and installed this beautiful memorial’ in memory of his father.

He added: “My family and I would like to thank everyone for their kindness and help we have received since the tragic accident.

“Dad loved his businesses, colleagues and friends and I know he would love to sit out in the park on this lovely memorial area chatting and watching the world go by.”

Mr Mead and his son worked together to establish Puxton Park, which features a range of rural attractions and draws in tens of thousands of visitors each year.

MORE: Family speak of ‘terrible loss’ following Derek Mead’s death on farm



As a North Somerset councillor for North Worle, Mr Mead bid for Weston’s Tropicana lido to be reopened as an open-air pool, but he was best known for his work in the farming community.

He was a long-serving member of the National Farmers Union before resigning in 2010 – and he owned Sedgemoor Auction Centre.

The businessman also served as managing director of housing developer Mead Realisations.

A Puxton Park spokesman described Mr Mead, who died aged 70, as the ‘farmers’ champion’.

They added: “Derek was well-renowned, with his family having farmed in Somerset since the 1400s, and he pioneered the idea for Puxton Park.

“Both Derek and Alistair wanted to help connect families to farming by opening an interactive working dairy and succeeded with Puxton coming to fruition in 2007.

“Employees wanted to ensure that his memory lives on for generations and made donations for a memorial bench and plaque, which has been installed inside the attraction’s grounds.”

The spokesman added a tree planting ceremony and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in memory of Mr Mead will take place in the coming months.

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