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Great Saxham farmer says 'don't be a tosser' as he fortifies his land against fly-tippers and litter louts




A frustrated farmer says he has had to spend £10,000 fortifying his land against fly tipping and littering – and has urged people: ‘Don’t be a tosser’.

George Gittus, of Symonds Farm, Great Saxham, Suffolk, says over the past few months he has been shoring up his farm’s defences by digging ditches, building earthworks and installing locked barriers at field entry points.

It comes after an ‘incessant’ round of fly-tipping, littering and also incidences of theft, damage and hare coursing.

George Gittus with gardening waste dumped this week. Picture by Mark Westley
George Gittus with gardening waste dumped this week. Picture by Mark Westley

He says he is also ‘disgusted’ at people littering the both the village, and surrounding villages, and longs for a local campaign targeting litter louts.

“At the farm I have had everything from televisions, to bikes and futons being dumped,” he said.

“Where we have been able to trace people, I have taken things back and asked them to stop.

Mr Gittus has found everything from bikes to TVs and futons.
Mr Gittus has found everything from bikes to TVs and futons.

“Some are quite brazen about it and just think ‘someone else will clear it up.

“I have put up the barricades in an effort to keep my land clear but the problem of littering in general is just shocking. I am regularly picking up litter as I go around, and so are a couple of teams from the local villages.

We have found everything from beer cans to bottles of urine, which is disgusting.

Mr Gittus, who is also the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) representative for Suffolk, said that farmers were having similar problems across the county.

Fly-tipping at the farm.
Fly-tipping at the farm.

Crime in the last 12 months at his farm had also included the theft of diesel, a trailer and an agricultural loader

“There’s also hare coursing and the destruction that goes with that,” he said.

“We have had a couple of vehicles dumped and vehicles driven across the crops.

For farmers it just leads to spiralling costs, and all of these activities are bad for the wildlife.”

His comments come as the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign: the Great British Spring Clean, gets under way on May 28.

“It’s beyond words that some people will go out with a carrier bag of rubbish and then throw it out of the window,” said Mr Gittus.

I have been looking at campaigns and I think the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign got it right when they told people: Don’t be a tosser.

“As far as big items go, the council will take away 99.9 per cent of these so I do not understand why people go to all that effort of fly-tipping, which costs everyone money, including themselves, in the long run.”

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