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King’s Lynn girl’s masterplan comes into action as volunteers clear river bank

Waterways and general clean up around the Walks and other areas, Beth Cumbley (11) front centre, who came up with the idea, backed by Cllr Andy Tyler (1st left), also in pic Cllr Sandra Collop (3rd left) and other volunteers and council staff. ANL-140724-124142009

Waterways and general clean up around the Walks and other areas, Beth Cumbley (11) front centre, who came up with the idea, backed by Cllr Andy Tyler (1st left), also in pic Cllr Sandra Collop (3rd left) and other volunteers and council staff. ANL-140724-124142009

An environmentally minded 11-year-old girl’s vision of clean river banks in Lynn has finally come to fruition with a volunteer day of action.

Elizabeth Cumbley called for action to be taken as bottles and litter were blighting some of the beautiful river banks in the town.

The youngster, who attended Greyfriars School, wrote to her local councillor Andy Tyler earlier this year calling for volunteers to clear up the town’s smaller rivers and streams.

And on Thursday Elizabeth was among 16 volunteers armed with black bags which cleared a section around the Gaywood River. Their efforts resulted in about 15 full bags of rubbish.

The event was organised by Norfolk Rivers Trust after being contacted by Mr Tyler – and community involvement officer at the rivers trust, Gemma Clark was delighted to see so many people support Elizabeth’s call.

She said: “It went really well and we had a good response considering how hot it was and that it is not the nicest job to do.

“We had quite a few youngsters who came along which was also pleasing to see their concern. We had a good blitz of the area.”

Elizabeth and the team of volunteers covered the Gaywood River banks around The Walks during the five-hour clear-up event. They also picked up litter on the cycle path between Lynn Academy and King Edward VII School.

Gemma said: “Elizabeth was really pleased with what we achieved on the day.

“I am so pleased that a young person has the courage and conviction to publicly express her concern over the rubbish in the river and actively look for a solution and people who can do something about it.

“Her letter has instigated an event which will have a huge impact on the wildlife and the town. She should feel very proud of herself.”

When Elizabeth put forward her masterplan in a letter to Mr Tyler in March she wrote: “I personally think if we carry out this plan Lynn won’t only be known for its famous history, its old docks and historical buildings, but will also be known for its tidy rivers and eco-friendliness.

“We will probably be visited by many people who wouldn’t mind coming again.”

 

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