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Fly-tipping on the rise, warns Forestry England after latest incidents

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The fly-tipped pile of waste near Longdown Inclosure, Ashurst
The fly-tipped pile of waste near Longdown Inclosure, Ashurst

PEOPLE are being warned of the dangers fly-tipping poses to wildlife amid a rise in incidents of waste being dumped in the New Forest.

Forestry England issued the caution after a large pile of rubbish, including items of wooden furniture, had to be cleared from a car park at Longdown Inclosure, near Ashurst. Another pile was found to be blocking a lane off the A31 near Minstead.

The Longdown dump was discovered last Thursday and was cleared jointly by New Forest District Council and a team from FE, which is investigating alongside the council in a bid to trace the offenders.

An FE spokesperson said its reports had shown a recent increase in fly-tipping in the New Forest.

“People need to be aware of their own responsibilities for making sure their waste is disposed of properly and check the person they are using is licensed to do so,” the spokesperson said.

“The New Forest is a special place with many rare plants and animals, fly-tips can have real repercussions on the environment and detrimental impact on local wildlife here.

“Fly-tipping also includes garden waste, such as grass cuttings or hedge trimmings, which can have a terrible effect on ponies, causing their stomach or intestine to rupture and some animals may die.

“Many garden plants are poisonous to animals and for these reasons all garden waste should be disposed of properly and not dumped on the Forest.”

The spokesperson also stressed the surge in fly-tipping incidents meant more of FE’s budget was being “absorbed” by clear-up costs rather than going towards looking after the Forest.

New Forest District Council and Minstead Parish Council also hit out at fly-tippers after a pile of rubbish was found completely blocking a lane near Castle Malwood, off the A31, on Wednesday morning.

The parish council alerted the public on Facebook, posting a picture of the dump, which included pipes as well as wooden pallets and frames.

This pile of waste completely blocked a narrow lane off the A31 at Castle Malwood (Photo: Minstead Parish Council)
This pile of waste completely blocked a narrow lane off the A31 at Castle Malwood (Photo: Minstead Parish Council)

"The road is completely blocked which will cause a problem for those turning off from the A31," the post said.

"Because of its position it would be impossible to pass it."

A district council spokesperson told the A&T a team of its workers had to be "diverted from other essential work" to take part in the four-hour clear-up operation at the remote site.

"In total three vans were required to remove all the waste and an HGV sweeper to clean the road of broken glass totalling six staff involved to remove this incident," the spokesperson said.

Those who can help police trace the culprits responsible for the Castle Malwood fly-tip are urged to contact officers on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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