We went for a walk around Langdon Hills meadows on Sunday morning (9th June 2014) but on arriving at the car park in Lee Chapel Lane were horrified to see the amount of litter strewn around. It looked absolutely disgusting, a real disgrace, as just a short walk from the car park lies some of the most beautiful countryside in our county.
We decided to return in the afternoon armed with several large plastic bags. The litter consisted mainly of various fast food containers (mostly MacDonalds), cigarette packets, crisp packets, empty cans of high energy drinks, empty bottles of Budweizer etc. We collected the litter into a big heap and then filled three large bags. This evidence shows that the culprits not only have little regard for the state of the environment but that of their own health.
One item amongst the assortment of rubbish caused us to chuckle – a stainless steel fork with fancy engraving, indicating that at least one person had preferred not to use their fingers to eat their take-away meal. If there was just 1p return on each of the tins and cans, we would have earned at least £1. However, they have now been deposited in the recycling bins.
We left the car park, hot and sweaty but, oh what a transformation as we glanced back at the clean and tidy car park. We enjoyed doing our good deed for the day though very sad that it had been necessary. Hoping it won’t need doing again anytime soon but won’t be holding our breath.