Epping Forest keepers forced to tackle five piles of rubbish found dumped in woodland in the course of just one night

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: A cannabis plant found dumped in Epping Forest. A cannabis plant found dumped in Epping Forest.

FRUSTRATED forest keepers have been forced to clean up five piles of rubbish - including cannabis leaves - dumped in a beauty spot in the course of just one night.

Last month The Guardian reported an increase in large piles of rubbish found tipped in Epping Forest - with keepers regularly forced to tackle mounds of builders' rubble and abandoned furniture.

Head forest keeper Keith French has now released images of five separate piles offloaded in just one night in woodland near High Beach.

Among the materials found strewn in the forest by Mr French and his team following the night of November 26-27 were the remnants of a cannabis factory and piles of broken furniture.

"The first two are of marijuana, the actual plant leaf, and the contents of a growing factory, probably a local house," said Mr French.

More than 200 tonnes of waste - including asbestos, tyres, drums of contaminated cooking oil and a dead donkey - has been dumped on Epping Forest land this year.

High Beach's dark country lanes have made the area a tipping blackspot. Most of the 652 reported cases of illegal dumping were concentrated in the area.

  • There is a reward of up to £500 for information leading to a successful fly tipping prosecution. Anyone with information should call the hotline on 020 8532 1010.

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10:12pm Mon 3 Dec 12

mdj says...

Does the TA no longer do night exercises? Here would be a good spot: unpublicised, obvously.
Does the TA no longer do night exercises? Here would be a good spot: unpublicised, obvously. mdj

5:28pm Tue 4 Dec 12

JackE4 says...

It's digusting...order a skip! Such a scummy thing to do in such a nice area :(
It's digusting...order a skip! Such a scummy thing to do in such a nice area :( JackE4

7:50pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Isaythat says...

It is sad to think anyone could do such a thing. I certainly do not condone this unlawful behaviour, but the council make it difficult to take rubbish to tips, with so many regulations. All rubbish and all vehicles should be allowed to take their refuge to any tip. It would be far cheaper to allow it, than the cost to the borough to collect it, plus we wouldnt have to see it strewn everywhere.
It is sad to think anyone could do such a thing. I certainly do not condone this unlawful behaviour, but the council make it difficult to take rubbish to tips, with so many regulations. All rubbish and all vehicles should be allowed to take their refuge to any tip. It would be far cheaper to allow it, than the cost to the borough to collect it, plus we wouldnt have to see it strewn everywhere. Isaythat

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