Seat to honour King’s Lynn beauty spot campaigner

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A memorial seat is to be placed on a South Lynn beauty spot in honour of one of the leading figures of the fight to preserve it for the community, it has been announced.

Officials from the Hardings Pits Community Association (HPCA) are inviting public donations towards the bench which will be dedicated to Roger Turff, who died in February, aged 77.

Mr Turff, formerly an agriculture journalist who worked for publications including Farmers Weekly, was one of the leading figures of the campaign to preserve the area for public use in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Tbe campaign grew out of opposition to proposed commercial development of the land.

Association chairman Jane Dearling said: “Since the death of Roger Turff, one of the founders of the Harding’s Pits Doorstep Green, we have been asked what might be done to commemorate Roger’s commitment to this much-loved area of the town.

“Not only was he instrumental in turning a rubbish dump – literally – into the verdant, wildlife resource it is today but contributed to its on-going maintenance throughout.

“Our committee has therefore decided to place another seat on the green so that others can enjoy a view which gave Roger so much pleasure.”

Anyone who wishes to contribute towards the cost of the seat can send a cheque, made payable to HPCA, to 39 Friars Street, Lynn, PE30 1AW.

Meanwhile, work to maintain the site continues and volunteers are being encouraged to join association members at their next work party event, which is due to be held this Saturday, April 25, between 10am and approximately 1pm. Soup and rolls will be available afterwards.

Anyone interested in taking part in the session should contact Mrs Dearling by emailing