Volunteers clean up nature reserve

VOLUNTEERS led by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy donned their wellies to clear up rubbish at a nature reserve beside the A14 yesterday.

Russell Claydon

VOLUNTEERS led by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy donned their wellies to clear up rubbish at a nature reserve beside the A14 yesterday.

More than 300 refuse bags were filled from litter at the Spring Wood nature reserve, at Ipswich.

The clean-up, attended by nearly 50 people, including Ipswich Rotary Club members, nature reserve volunteers and BBC Radio Suffolk listeners, was part of the radio station's Don't Be a Tosser campaign launched earlier this month.

Mr Murphy said: “People just should not have to clean stuff like this up and I just hope people get the message now and do not do it.

“It is about education really. This is one of the worse ones and we would love to get a better fence up here and better signage in different languages to let people know not to do it.”

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David Barker, chairman of Suffolk's Creating the Greenest County project, was disgusted by the amount of rubbish he found littering the roadside and is encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in Spring Clean Suffolk Fortnight, which starts today.

“It is about education and people taking pride in their local communities,” he said.

Anyone interested in getting involved in litter picks can contact their local council or the Greenway Project on 01473 433995.

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