Tributes have been paid to a dedicated Belper man - who helped scoop victory for the town in the Britain in Bloom competition - after he was found dead at his home.
Keen gardener Peter Hunt, 58, helped to tend public green spaces throughout the town for more than 20 years as an employee of Belper Town Council.
He had been an integral part of the team which won the ‘best large town’ category at the national Bloom awards last year and has also been awarded gold in the East Midlands in Bloom contest.
Mr Hunt, who was also a cricket coach and a steward at Belper Town FC was found dead at home on Sunday, August 18.
Son Tom and Peter’s wife Mandy, 57, are waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination to find out how he died.
Leader of Belper Town Council, John Nelson, said: “Peter was there at the beginning when we started in Britain in Bloom. It was a team effort, right the way through.
“I just didn’t believe it when I was told he had died. I had to sit down.
“I knew Peter very well. He was not just an employee - he was a friend.”
After attending John Flamsteed School, Mr Hunt worked as a coach builder at the Derby Loco works and played cricket for Denby. He also worked as a coach for the under-12s team at Denby Cricket Club.
Belper Town posted a tribute to Mr Hunt on its website which states: “The club is saddened to learn of the death of club safety steward, Peter Hunt, who passed away on Sunday (August 18).
“Peter was one of the most popular figures at Christchurch Meadow and always had a friendly smile for supporters.
“Needless to say that Peter will be missed very badly and we pass on our condolences to his wife and son Tom (who is also a BTFC steward) and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
Peter’s funeral will take place at Markeaton Crematorium on Friday, September 6 at 2.30pm