Country roads of the British Isles are strewn with litter, usually things that have been in people’s mouths. It’s surprising we have not been facing a worst epidemic.
I collect so many tins and bottles of alcohol that I can only conclude there is a lot of drink-driving.
Motivated by fury, I stopped my car to collect this litter chucked into the New Forest National Park. As one of my litter-picking friends pointed out, most of the cans are high energy drinks that somehow don’t provide the imbiber with enough energy to put them in the bin.
In contrast, I found a bottle stamped with the word ‘Quosh’ in one rural ditch. It must have been languishing there for fifty years.
Made by Carter’s of Coleford who produced Ribena, Quosh was advertised as originally costing 2’9d, a ‘pure fruit’ squash, no less.
Occasionally there are bonuses. I found this incredibly useful item that, being water resistant, still works, although it took a while for me to work out its function.
It’s a project torch: waterproof, rechargeable and quite expensive.
I’m not sure if I want to use these goggles myself, but they are intact.
Do people assume that their litter throwing will not be noticed? The results are becoming increasingly conspicuous. We see. Surely anyone can? Did they see what I saw?
I found an odd looking garden rake:
And a plastic revolver:
All this litter is being flung into the New Forest National Park on a daily basis. Everything in these photos was collected in one week, apart from the rake. Car parts add to the detritus that is becoming dangerous, certainly to wildlife.
Fly-tipping – in the Nature Reserve – is a regular occurrence. It has to stop.
There have been over 400 cases in the New Forest in the last year.
It goes on and on.
I reported these items some time ago. The tyres in the river (below) have been collected but it took a while for the ‘pot stands’ to be collected.
Think of registering with the charity Keep Britain Tidy who can give advice on litter-picking and help tackle this national problem. You can find more information here.
To read about weird and aged litter I’ve found, please click here