OVER 30 large refuse sacks thought to contain the remains of a cannabis farm have been discovered dumped in the New Forest in the latest New Forest fly-tipping incident.
The bags were found at Crockford Clump car park on the B3054 near Norley Wood on Saturday. They were cleared by teams from Forestry England (FE), taking two trips to remove it all.
They contained cannabis cut-offs and cultivation equipment.
The incident is not the first case involving remains of the class-B drug being dumped in the New Forest. In June a similar discovery was made at a cricket pitch near Netley Marsh.
A spokesperson for FE said: “Forestry England staff discovered waste dumped at Crockford Clump car park on Saturday 17th August which included off-cuts from suspected cannabis plants along with fans and heaters, which amounted to over 30 large bags.
“Forestry England’s waste contractor began to move the bags on Sunday 18th August, but as it was a larger than average fly-tip it required a second vehicle to clear the remaining away today [Monday].
“Any evidence found in the clear-up process will be shared with the police.”
She added: “Anyone with information about where the waste came from is urged to contact Forestry England’s office in Lyndhurst on 0300 067 4601. All calls will be treated in confidence.”
As reported in the A&T last week, fly-tippers recently hit the national park three times within 24 hours where piles of rubbish including the remains of a fibreglass boat were dumped at Forest beauty spots.
FE has put in place extra measures to combat the problem which include new gates and barriers at car parks, improved visibility at entrances and CCTV installed at the worst-affected spots.
A New Forest Litter Working Group has also been set up, including NFDC and the national park authority, to raise awareness and coordinate action on fly-tipping.