Minety nature reserve marred by flytipper
8:00am Saturday 2nd February 2013 in News
FLYTIPPERS who dumped a large pile of old garden furniture in the entrance of a popular nature reserve have been condemned.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, which runs the beautiful Ravensroost reserve near MInety, has been left with the bill for disposing of the garbage.
Manager Neil Pullen said: “This happens from time to time, happily not often. But it is very disappointing that some thoughtless people will dump their trash wherever is convenient. It is illegal, selfish and costs the landowner – in this case a charity - both in terms of scarce finances and resources.”
The incident, which was discovered last week, has been reported to the police.
Braydon Forest Project field officer Ellie Jones added: “It’s very sad that anyone would do such a thing in such a beautiful area.
“We’ll clean it up, because that’s what we do, protect our environment for wildlife and for people. But it will cost us money and, like everyone else, money is tight.”
The reserve is a remnant of the ancient royal hunting forest of Braydon. It was bought by the trust 25 years ago and is home to a range of rare trees, plants, animals and flowers. It also has legal protection as a site of special scientific interest.
Anyone with information about the flytipping can call Malmesbury Police on 101 or the trust itself on 01380 725670.
The trust is also appealing for help with the cost of dealing with the rubbish. Donations can be made by texting WILD12 to 70070 or by contacting the organisation.