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Heatwave picnickers leave rubbish mountain on Hampstead Heath

Heath chiefs appeal to visitors to help keep site clean and safe

04 July, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

The mess piling up around bills

SWELTERING temp­eratures which filled Hampstead Heath with thousands of visitors over the weekend brought an unwanted side-effect – tonnes of litter.

Heath staff worked early mornings to clear up picnic mess and other rubbish left behind.

One ranger told the New Journal: “We were again surprised by the huge quantity left behind. People love the Heath, but that means they should leave no trace. If bins are full, it would be much better to take your litter home with you instead of just stacking it up for others to deal with.”

The ranger added that not only did rubbish create an eyesore, it could be potentially dangerous to wildlife. Heath managers the City of London are working with Keep Britain Tidy to draw up new ways of dealing with litter and recycling, which are due to be implemented in mid-July.

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Heath management committee chairwoman Karina Dostalova said: “I am grateful to our staff team, who worked tirelessly in challenging conditions all weekend to remove vast quantities of waste, while un­precedented numbers of people enjoyed the Heath. We are all custodians of the Heath and by working together we can all keep the site clean and safe”

She added: “We are calling on our visitors to help by bringing less rubbish onto the Heath, disposing of waste responsibly and where possible taking it home with them. In addition, we have been looking carefully at the Heath’s waste management, and how we can improve recycling rates.”

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