Fly-tippers have turned turned beautiful woodland on the outskirts of Grantham into a scrapyard.
Dozens of tyres were dumped in the car park of Londonthorpe Wood this week. And although Ian Froggatt, the site manager responsible for maintaining the area on behalf of the Woodland Trust, lightheartedly referred to the mess as a “new species not normally found in woodland,” the fact remains that there is a financial impact on the charity.
This is because tyre disposal, especially in this quantity, falls outside normal fly-tipping clearance, so the charity faces additional costs in order for them to be removed in the correct way.
Mr Froggatt said: “It’s a real shame to see people taking advantage of this beautiful, young woodland. Londonthorpe is greatly enjoyed by local dog walkers, and there is also a wide range of species that call it home, including wood peckers and grass snakes.
“We want people to visit and appreciate our woods, and hope that in future passers-by will think twice before littering and fly-tipping.”
The Woodland Trust, a national conservation charity with its headquarters in Grantham, worked with South Kesteven District Council this week to remove the tyres.
Fly-tippers are not the only people who ruin Londonthorpe Woods for others – a campaign ran recently to educate dog-owners on the importance of picking up after their animals. As reported in the Journal in June last year, members of the trust made regular visits to the woods over a period of time, spray painting any dog poo they come across to highlight the problem of dog fouling.
Although initially the amount of dog poo not picked was reduced, the numbers are rising again, contributing to the tens of thousands of pounds the charity pays out each year in clearing waste. In 2013, this figure reached £124,726.