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‘I feel it is so sad that someone can do this’

A Driffield nature lover has described the rubbish he has collected along a Wolds beauty spot as the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and is pleading with those responsible to take their rubbish home to protect the local countryside and the wildlife that inhabits it.

After contacting the Wolds Weekly in 2020 to highlight his concerns about the number of discarded cans and bottles littering Spellowgate towards the Cowlam crossroads, the resident, who wished not to be named, said he is devastated that the problem is just as bad once more.

During just two hours, the resident collected eight bags of aluminium cans and glass bottles from one small area near the Elmswell Wold pumping station.

He said after he highlighted the littering problem previously, of which he believes the majority is being discarded by the same individual, the situation improved.

However, now the cider cans and beer bottles have returned and is once again causing a problem for wildlife and an eyesore for walkers and people wanting to enjoy the beautiful Wolds countryside.

He said: “I haven’t been up along this route for a while and I am absolutely devastated that the empty cider cans are back and those I have collected are just the tip of the iceberg.

“The cans and bottles often contain the remains of tiny voles and shrews that become trapped.

“They are no longer available for the owls and other wildlife that rely on them for food.

“The rubbish is such an eyesore and I just feel it is so sad that someone can do this. It is totally unnecessary.”

He added that it was the beautiful countryside surrounding Driffield which attracted him to move to the area and said how fortunate he feels to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

He feels that everyone has a responsibility to protect the countryside and is himself a member of a voluntary local clean up group and enjoys being part of something which helps the environment and nature.

He has contacted the Street Scene and Enforcement department of East Riding of Yorkshire Council because he believes the quantity of littering from this individual amounts to fly-tipping.

“If those responsible could just take their empties home with them or to the nearest bin it would protect our beautiful countryside,” he added.

“It is so disheartening to see the rubbish on our beautiful Wolds lanes and I hope this may prompt people to think twice before spoiling the beauty spots we all want to enjoy.”

● Have you noticed an increase in the amount of litter discarded in the Wolds countryside? The Driffield & Wolds Weekly would like to hear your thoughts. You can contact us by emailing news@driffieldwoldsweekly.co.uk or ringing 01377 232875.

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