Grantham charity furious as fly-tippers and vandals cost it a fortune to clean up beauty spot

The burnt-out car at Londonthorpe Wood.

The burnt-out car at Londonthorpe Wood.

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A national charity based in Grantham has had to pay out £10,000 in the past five years to clear up the mess left by fly-tippers at one if its beauty spots.

Most recently The Woodland Trust had to fork out £280 to get rid of a large pile of wood left behind by fly-tippers at its Londonthorpe Wood site and there was further cost to remove a burnt-out car left in the car park by vandals.

Old timber and other items left by fly-tippers at Londonthorpe Wood.

Old timber and other items left by fly-tippers at Londonthorpe Wood.

Ian Froggatt, site manager for the Woodland Trust, said: “Once again Londonthorpe Wood has suffered at the hands of mindless vandals, and it is a charity and local council that has had to pick up the bill.

“Our woods are valuable local resources, and it is important to protect them. I’d urge anyone who has more information about these incidents to contact the local authorities.”

In the last five years The Woodland Trust has spent nearly £10,000 clearing up litter and fly-tipping at Londonthorpe alone (£8,403 on litter picks and £1,573 on fly tipping) and that does not take into account the £1,200 a year it costs the charity to empty the dog poo bin, which the charity says some people are still ignoring anyway.

A regular dog walker at the wood, who only wants to be known as Peter, told the Journal: “The beauty of Londonthorpe Wood is that it is natural, unspoilt and freely open to all. It is rightly a 
favourite area of walkers, 
joggers and dog owners who value having it on our doorstep.

The burnt-out car left at Londonthorpe Wood.

The burnt-out car left at Londonthorpe Wood.

“Using the woods and the car park as a tip, this time for a pile of old timber, and regularly by those who find it impossible to take home their fast food waste is simply unfair, lazy and selfish.”

The Woodland Trust said this latest fly-tipping incident has cost the charity £280 to remove and dispose of properly as the contractor had to get a skip to take it all away. The rubbish was made up of waste timber, carpet, lino and underlay.

Police and South Kesteven District Council arranged recovery of the vehicle that was burnt out. The charity said it would have to clear up what was left behind (not just glass debris and wires, but also contamination that has leaked into the ground including coolant, battery acid, brake fluid etc) and it did not yet know the cost.

Londonthorpe Wood includes a range of wildlife habitats including an area of mature woodland and a pond. There are a number of grass pathways through the trees and open meadow where wild flowers grow in spring and summer. It is a popular place for walkers, many of whom take their dogs.

If you spot rubbish dumped by fly-tippers in the area report it to SKDC on their website by going to www. southkesteven.gov.uk or 
call the council on 01476 406080.