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Tree cutters get to the root of a rubbish problem

A group of tree cutters branched out and got to the root of the rubbish on a Suffolk beach – collecting 18 bags full!

From News & press - 27 September 2021 12:00 AM

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Employees of UK Power Networks in Bury St Edmunds and Kings Lynn used the company’s volunteering scheme to spend a day cleaning up the beach and car parks in Southwold.

Donate a Day gives the company’s 6,000 staff two paid days each year to volunteer in their local communities.

Organiser Mike Banham said: “I tend to pick litter up wherever I go, but not in an official capacity. I decided on Southwold after a recent trip there and witnessing the volume of tourist related rubbish that had been left. We decided, after probably one of the busiest holiday seasons on record due to everybody having a staycation, that a clear up operation wouldn’t go amiss - and I’m glad we did. “

Working in 26 degrees heat they picked up litter along the beach, harbour and car parks, around the church and in the children’s play area.

Mike said he wasn’t surprised when they collected 18 bags full: “I’m a fisherman who regularly goes to various beaches and sees the amount of plastic that is washed up and tourist related rubbish left on beaches.”

He is now planning to make the rubbish collecting an annual event in the hope it inspires others.