Litter and even a dumped shoe among waste left by visitors to Northumberlandia

Disgust has been expressed at the volume of litter left by members of the public at Northumberlandia.

Friday, 29th May 2020, 11:32 am
Updated Sunday, 31st May 2020, 5:57 pm

Hundreds of people taking advantage of the warm weather and relaxation of coronavirus travel restrictions have been heading to the attraction on Blagdon Lane, near Cramlington.

But, Northumberland Wildlife Trust has been angered by the litter many have left behind.

A Trust spokesperson said: “Northumberland Wildlife Trust is disgusted by the amount of litter left by members of the public at Northumberlandia since the Government relaxed its restrictions on local travel.”

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A trainer left behind at Northumberlandia.

The trust has placed the majority of its estates staff on furlough and its Northumberlandia volunteer group is still not back patrolling the site.

As a result, it has been left to Clare Darcy, Northumberlandia’s part-time events and site officer to collect the rubbish once visitors have left for the evening.

She has collected dozens of bags of dirty nappy bags, dog poo bags, shoes, pop bottles and cans, pizza boxes, plastic sandwich cartons and juice and milk cartons.

Although the car park at the site has now been opened, the wildlife charity is making it clear that any unacceptable behaviour which includes excessive littering will result in the site being closed again until it has its full team to manage it.

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In addition, the wildlife charity has already found that the site is getting very busy so is urging people to re-visit the site at a quieter time if they turn up and find the car park is already full and not to park on the main road.

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Rubbish collected at Northumberlandia after being left behind by visitors.

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