Volunteers’ frustration at fly-tipping on Lowestoft community woodlands

Volunteers at Bonds Meadow.

Volunteers at Bonds Meadow. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Frustrated volunteers who maintain a popular wildlife area have pleaded with people to stop fly-tipping at the site.

Volunteers at the Bonds Meadow community woods currently devote half of their time removing litter which has been scattered across the site causing a hazard to both people and wildlife.

This is cutting into the volunteers' time, in which they should instead be spending it cleaning footpaths and planting.

Margaret Martin, secretary at the Bonds Meadow Community Association said: 'Since the warmer weather has arrived more people are visiting Bonds Meadow which is great - unfortunately some of them are leaving a great deal of unsightly litter.

'On the day after the May bank holiday, our work party had to clear a tent, a car tyre and various pieces of wood from the pond in the Dell.

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'The area around the pond was strewn with paper, plastic and glass battles and there was also broken glass on the ground.

'This is dangerous for humans, wildlife and the many dogs who enjoy Bonds Meadow. People are deliberately dumping rubbish onto our beautiful wildlife reserve and this is fly-tipping which is a criminal offence.'

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Bonds Meadow is a 7 acre wildlife area located between Sands Lane and Hall Road, in Oulton Broad.

It is recognised as a County Wildlife Site and has been maintained by the Bonds Meadow Community Association, in partnership with Waveney District Council, for the last 25 years.

The Bonds Meadow Community Association meets up every Tuesday morning and people who are interested in knowing more becoming a volunteer would be free to come along.

Aspiring volunteers can also ring 01502 514157 for more information or visit www.bondsmeadow.org

They are holding their annual general meeting in the lounge at Oulton Community Centre on Saturday, June 13 at 11am and is welcome to anyone.

If anyone spots any fly-tipping inform Waveney District Council on 01502 562111.

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