Community spirit praised in Villamartin

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COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Cezar (left) presents a diamond ring to Nina with her husband Colin.

COMMUNITY spirit is alive and well in the form of Nina and Colin Rowell, who for the last three years have been sprucing up their surroundings.

The couple live in Oporto Urbanisation, on the main road up to Villamartin from La Zenia, and after noticing the communal strip of land lying alongside the road was looking a bit messy, they decided to do something about it. 

Nina said: “I love gardening and it is the one thing I missed from when I lived in the UK so I just started tidying it up and sweeping up all the pine needles.”

The hobby soon expanded into daily gardening sessions, with other residents in the urbanisation purchasing plants and flowers which Nina would then gladly plant and brighten up the area. 

A man from the forestry department also comes along and collects her pine needles which are reused to assist in replanting and drainage. 

The efforts have not gone unnoticed in the local community, including by local businessman Cezar Ripanu from Gold Rush in Zenia Boulevard: “I have passed Nina gardening every morning for years and have been very impressed. It is great to see people working like this for the general good of the area.” 

Cezar wanted to issue Nina with a little thank you for her efforts but did not know her name or exactly where she lived, only where she gardened. 

So with some help from The Euro Weekly News team, we tracked her down and invited her along to Gold Rush to meet Cezar, who was full of praise and admiration for her work.

In the store, Cezar went on to present Nina with a diamond ring that he rescued and restored preventing it from being melted down: “It is wonderful and is very kind,” exclaimed Nina. A perfect early Christmas  and birthday present ahead of her 80th celebrations at the end of the month.

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