How FoNL Formed

During 1996, the DEET groups started to form a Friends group, but abandoned the idea, and us, when their funding was changed.

Three people, Ron Bowman, Valerie and Sarah Berry, who turned up to what we thought would be a meeting of the DEET led Friends in February 1997, found no one else there. We were annoyed and decided that we’d start a Friends group ourselves.

We invited a fourth member into our gang, John, who had been a part of the original action group stopping the new tip in the 1980’s.


We found out various pieces of information and decided to arrange our first community event in May, a tree planting to coincide with Arbor Week.

It was a great success, with more than 50 residents turning up and planting 500 trees and grasses. Afterwards we enjoyed a well-deserved sausage sizzle.


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