Salisbury City Council has bid a fond farewell to Senior Grounds Operative Bob Skutt who retires this week after 49 years of service to Salisbury’s parks and green spaces.

Bob joined the then Salisbury Corporation on the 18 April 1966 as a labourer. He then worked his way up to nursery staff at the Laverstock nursery, General Grounds Staff and Charge Hand before his current post as Senior Grounds Operative.

Over the years Bob has worked for various forms of the Council including Salisbury Corporation, Salisbury District Council and the current City Council.

Speaking on his retirement Bob said, “I have enjoyed my time greatly here and will miss my colleagues at the Council immensely. I have taken great pride in working in the parks and keeping the flower beds and planting up together across Salisbury. I am looking forward to relaxing and catching up on a few jobs at home!”

The Leader of the Council Cllr Andrew Roberts said, “Bob has been an excellent member of the team here at Salisbury City Council, he has trained many of our current Grounds team and I know his knowledge and experience will continue through them. I wish Bob all the best with his retirement.”

Keen on football, Bob was awarded a Southampton FC Shirt, National Trust Membership and a trophy for his service to the City at a recent retirement ceremony with staff.


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