Hats off to the team at Wales Wildlife Watch for their hard work in tackling a problem highlighted by this blog earlier this week.
Vandals and open-air drinkers have set fires in the woodland at Sandy Water Park (Coed Cefn Padrig) and left a pile of rubbish (empty drinks bottles, packaging, food and clothes) at a number of locations.
Veronica Haines, from Wales Wildlife Watch, explains –
“Ten of us tackled Sandy Water Park and surrounding areas this morning, but unfortunately there was so much litter in the woods we could not clear it all.
“We found four sites of fires with litter all around including a lot of glass bottles,many of which had been smashed.
“This means large areas were strewn with broken glass posing a hazard particularly to children and dogs.
“We will be back in three months, but, hopefully, other local people will be able to finish the job.
“We understand the police are regularly patrolling this area but clearly it is an ongoing problem, especially coming up to the end of the school year.
“Nobody minds kids having fun and building camps in the woods as long as they do no damage and TAKE THEIR LITTER HOME!
“Between us we picked up five large bags of recycling, six of general rubbish, two bags of bottles, a pile of smelly bedding, an umbrella and a pair of flip-flops!”
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