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Clean up at Harding’s Way in King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 16:14 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:14 14 March 2018

Hardings Way, in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

Hardings Way, in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

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A spring clean up along a doorstep green had to be cancelled because of last month’s bad weather.

Hardings Pits Doorstep Green, in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris BishopHardings Pits Doorstep Green, in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

So volunteers are having another go next Saturday. The Harding’s Pits Community Association (HPCA) will be tidying up along Harding’s Way, in King’s Lynn, on Saturday, March 24.

Anyone who uses the bus-only route is invited to join in and make walking and cycling there more pleasant.

“Usually we don’t allow bad weather to deter us,” said Jane Dearling, the association’s chairman. “But the covering of thick snow hid all the rubbish so we couldn’t go ahead. This time there may be March winds, but not, we hope, any more of the white stuff.”

Harding’s Way is very well-used and so suffers from large quantities of rubbish being discarded all along its length.

A cyclist rides along Hardings Way, in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris BishopA cyclist rides along Hardings Way, in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

As it borders Harding’s Pits Doorstep Green, which the association cares for, Mrs Dearling said the group planned to take part in Keep Britain Tidy’s annual spring clean up.

“We have now been given the go ahead for March 24 instead,” she said. “Street Scene, the borough’s department which clears up all kinds of mess and does an amazing job eliminating graffiti, is supplying litter sticks, high visibility vests and gloves so everyone who comes to help us will be well-equipped.

“The HPCA pop-up canteen will be serving hot drinks - or chilled ones, because knowing the vagaries of the British weather we could well be in a heat-wave by then.”

Harding’s Pits covers some five and a half acres, making it one of the largest doortep greens in the country. It is managed by local residents through the HPCA.

Its centrepiece is a 20ft carved wooden whale put up as a monument to the whaling industry which operated nearby from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Before that an important monastery stood near the site.

Work began on clearing the pits and turning them into a doorstep green in 2000. HPCA say they act as “a green lung for the surrounding communities and habitat for many plants, insects, birds and mammals”.

The day will start at 10am. All details will be on the website here. www.hardings-pits.org.uk or call 01553 760513.


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