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Framlingham family's mission to clean up countryside around town

A family are on a mission to clean up a town’s litter in a bid to inspire others to do the same.

Emma Lawley, 44, first decided to take action after seeing litter strewn across hedgerows and bags of dog mess hanging in trees while out walking in Framlingham with her children, Tallulah, 11, Rafferty, nine, and Griffin, eight.

The quartet decided to begin using their daily walks to make a difference by filling bags with rubbish – and recruited dad David, 54, in the process.

The Lawley family hopes others may follow their lead.
The Lawley family hopes others may follow their lead.

“My daughter was so dismayed by all the bags of dog mess in such a short distance,” said Mrs Lawley. “The amount of litter was really sad to see, so we agreed to come back and clean it up.

“It’s about more than just the litter problem, though, as the kids haven’t had much to get excited about during lockdown.

“Now that they have this challenge to engage with, it’s given a focus and purpose to our daily exercise. Now they have litter grabbers and it’s become a fun competition.

“They clamber about splashing through ditches, sliding down banks and compete to collect the most litter.”

"Little Kickers Ipswich have now supported our Fram Litter Pickers group with £50 to buy equipment and/or prizes to keep motivation going. Also Framlingham council have been great in loaning us 8 litter grabbers and planning to buy us 10 more."

The family have set a challenge to fill at least one bin bag every day and, after posting pictures on social media of their efforts, the positive responses began to roll in.

Mrs Lawley set up a Facebook page for litter pickers in the hope it would be a Covid-safe way to connect with people and bring some positivity to daily exercise during lockdown.

“We hope the idea will spread to other towns and villages across the region,” she said. We all love nature, and the children have enjoyed spotting wildlife while we’re out.

“People are clearly moved by it and there are a number who say they want to get out there and do it now. It would be fabulous if more groups spring up around Suffolk.”

The family have been targeting the area around Framlingham Castle and are hoping to expand their search area during the weeks and months ahead.

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