Framlingham Town Council’s Lands Committee is currently involved in several projects aimed at enhancing areas of the town which are under its management. The committee is liaising with the East of England Co-op and the Environment Agency with a view to improving the aesthetics of the river as it meanders through Riverside. It is also taking advice from Suffolk Wildlife Trust on the future management of The Fens, to maintain it as a place of quiet reflection with a wildlife friendly habitat. Both projects may well rely to a certain extent on volunteers. If you would like to know more about volunteering please contact the Town Council Office.

Regarding the Pageant Field, the committee is working on providing enhanced facilities for all ages. The first much needed facility, the provision of toilets and a small community room, is nearing completion. Also being considered is new fencing around the children’s play area, seating, litter bins and new play equipment aimed at younger children. Other items under consideration are the installation of a concrete table tennis table and a boules / petanque court, both of which have been requested by residents. Framlingham Area Youth Action Partnership (FAYAP) has been engaging with young people around the skate park and on the field using their bus and now also intend to use the small community room to extend the times which they are available for the youngsters. Also, under consideration is the flood lighting of the skate park, which was one of the many items identified as desirable for Framlingham, following a survey of young people in the area carried out by the District Council. The lighting, if planning permission is granted, being specifically designed to illuminate the skate park and not surrounding areas would only operate when in use and have a set cut off time so as to avoid unnecessary disturbance.

The closed churchyard is regularly maintained along with the war memorial under an agreement with the PCC. Recent minor tree works were carried out to give access to graves that had become overgrown, thus ensuring it presents a welcoming appearance for residents and visitors alike.
The driveway to the cemetery has undergone temporary repairs ahead of planned resurfacing early in 2020. Two new memorial rose beds are being created which will be available for the burial of ashes.

The replacement of the allotment fencing is under consideration. The committee is also investigating the possibility of further land for allotments to satisfy the current waiting list.

Tree surveys will shortly be carried out in the Churchyard, Cemetery, Pageant Field and the Fens and the resulting recommendations, along with a future management plan for all the trees will be considered in 2020. (FTC Lands Committee 1st December 2019)