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Rubbish dumped at beauty spots around Grantham

A dog walker has renewed calls for more to be done to stop fly-tippers from dumping rubbish at a popular beauty spot.

David Ferguson discovered a mountain of rubbish including a fridge freezer dumped at Londonthorpe Woods on Saturday as he arrived to walk his dog.

He is now calling on more to be done to prevent it from happening again.

David said: “Fly-tipping is becoming all to familiar in many country lanes and land in this area.

“You see people posting on how to save the eco system but when it comes to having rubbish removed, it seems that once it’s gone it’s no longer their concern and this is the result.

“I’ve suggested that The Woodland Trust need to reduce the height of the gate barrier to prevent van’s and pick-ups gaining access.”

Darren Moorcroft, director of Estate and Woodland Outreach at the Woodland Trust, said the impact of fly-tipping is far reaching, adding “We have spent £1million on clearing up mess in our woods across the UK and it is
clearly not a milestone to celebrate.

“This money could have helped us plant many trees or protect woods that are in desperate need of help. The rubbish also creates an eyesore which affects people’s overall visitor experience.

“Fly-tipping is an illegal activity. Whilst it is a costly affair for us to take offenders through a legal process, we do hold that right and have prosecuted in the past which can lead to substantial fines.Whilst fly tipping is a considerable issue, thankfully incidents, such as this at Londonthorpe, are generally isolated to certain areas of our woods and they remain really beautiful places to visit.”

The Woodland Trust is working with contractors to get the rubbish removed as a matter of urgency.

It is not the only incident of fly-tipping to be reported to the Journal.

Leigh Oliver got in touch on Wednesday after discovering yet another pile of waste in Denton including smashed tiles,pipe lagging, wood and even a broken bathtub.

She said: “I was walking along the disused railway at Denton and came across this fly-tipping (pictured below). The ground was covered with smashed tiles. Lots of ramblers, dog walkers and horse riders also use the track.”

A farmer in Westborough also found a heap of waste dumped at the end of his lane, last week.

A spokesperson for South Kesteven District Council said incidents of fly-tipping were reducing in South Kesteven but everyone had a duty to ensure waste was disposed of properly.

They added: “We would encourage people to ask to see a waste carrier’s licence to ensure they are legitimate before agreeing to have waste taken away,” said the spokesperson.

“The correct disposal of waste requires time and money and some try to beat the system by disposing of it illegally.

“Fly-tipping is a blight on our communities. Every year councils spend a considerable amount of time and money removing this waste from the landscape.

“Those caught fly-tipping can be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and we would encourage residents to report incidents to the council.”

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