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It’s a waste… £1m cost of cleaning up woodlands

Good riddance to baa-d rubbish: Dumped items included a sheep’s head PICTURES: PA

A CHARITY spent more than £1million clearing up fly-tipping and litter from woodlands in the past five years.

Items dumped ranged from fridge freezers and mattresses to a garden wall, a bath, oil drums — and even a shrine with a sheep’s head.

A big problem is ‘green-tipping’, where garden waste is dumped in the woods, harming their natural balance.

Blight for sore eyes: Clean-up costs were £200,000 last year

The Woodland Trust said the bill for clearing dumped waste from its land was £200,000 last year and totalled £1.1million over the last five years.

The trust’s Darren Moorcroft said: ‘This money could have helped us plant many trees or protect woods that are in desperate need of help.

‘One contributing fact could be the closure of council refuse sites and extra charges placed on the likes of green bins, certainly when it comes to garden waste mess.’

Last year, there were 1,290 fly-tipping and littering incidents in the UK, with 998 in English woodlands, the charity said. Worst region in England was the north, where the trust had to undertake 576 clean-ups of illegal waste, at a cost of more than £63,900.