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What a load of rubbish!

- Tim and volunteers Chris and Nick help keep the Quantocks beautiful

Tim Russell

Posted by Tim Russell on 19 February 2013

What a load of rubbish! This photo shows the amount of litter volunteers Chris Tilley and Nick Howell collected with me on Tuesday. We managed to completely fill a trailer with rubbish from between The Pines, Lydeard Hill and Cothelstone. About 80% of the rubbish consisted of plastic drink bottles .... what’s wrong with taking them home and re-cycling them?

Although the responsibility for clearing away fly tipping falls to the District Councils the Quantock AONB Rangers and volunteers help with this as much as possible, with volunteers carrying out litter picks when we can.  We act as the eyes and ears, reporting any incidents that we come across during patrols.  The AONB Service keeps a database of all fly tipping reports that come into the office, which are then sent to the Police. This helps them to identify any hotspots.  If you do spot any fly tipping it would be really helpful if you could let the AONB Service know (01823 451 884 / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

I have mixed feelings carrying out this aspect of the job.  On the one hand it’s easy to lose faith in some peoples’ attitude to the countryside, and on the other hand you get a good feeling from making the Quantocks look beautiful again.

This might not be the most glamorous part of a Ranger’s role, but it can achieve instant results and I’m sure that it is greatly appreciated by residents and visitors alike. I would like to thank volunteers Chris and Nick for giving up their spare time to help collect what is not just a horrible eyesore, but also very dangerous to wildlife.


Photo: volunteers Nick and Chris helping collect rubbish

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    Terry Ayre

    01 Apr 13

    Holford PC have a problem at the Shervage Lay-by with rubbish continually being dumped in over the side. Any ideas. Perhaps we could put up a night vision camera or otherwise fence it off. Very difficult to catch anyone in a lay-by!

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