Volunteers wanted for clean-up

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STOWMARKET Town Council and Mid Suffolk District Council are asking for volunteers to join in with a big clean-up of Combs Ford Meadow.

The community project aims to tidy up the meadow and the boardwalk area of Combs Ford.

The clean-up is part of a series of schemes aiming to regenerate the area, including plans to rebuild the boardwalk across the river and add new play equipment to the children’s play area.

Local Scout and Explorer Scout groups have already popped down to help out with the spring clean, but now the project is set to expand.

Town councillor Gerard Brewster said he would like volunteers to help give the area a tidy.

He said: “We are trying to bring in community volunteers in to help clean up the area.

“The boardwalk area is in an overgrown state and people do drop their litter there.

“We have been trimming it back since November of last year but it will eventually progress to turning the boardwalk back over the river so it joins in with Combs Ford. We would like to tidy up that part of Combs Ford, to make the southern gateway into town look great.”

Cllr Brewster said he was looking into getting funding for the next stage of the project.

He said: “There is quite a big programme of work I am looking at.

“Some we will need little money to get done, some will we will need to find funding for.

“We are generally trying to make it a really pleasant place for people to go to.

“We are looking for volunteers who could help with anything from litter picking to cutting back some of the overgrown bushes. The project is already coming along and it is very encouraging.”

If you would like to volunteer with the clean-up, email Gerard Brewster at gerard.brewster@sky.com