It looked like “the morning after the sledge before” as broken bits of sledges lay strewn across a city beauty spot.

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During the snowy weather, hundreds of people have been enjoying the thrills of sledging at St James Hill at the edge of Mousehold Heath and against the stunning backdrop of our fine city.

But, unfortunately, some of the thrillseekers have showed no regard for the area’s beautiful surroundings and left their broken sledges dumped all over the ground and in the bushes.

When EDP photographer Simon Finlay went to take some pictures at Mousehold yesterday, he was shocked at the amount of post-sledging debris littering the area and so organised a team of people from the EDP to help clean up the rubbish.

The team included photographer Denise Bradley, digital sales specialist Gareth Lewis, digital content assistant Emily Dixon, editorial assistant Siofra Connor, and reporter Emma Knights.

Between them they gathered 18 rubbish bags full of broken bits of sledges along with a plank of wood, a for sale sign, an inflatable ring and other makeshift items used to slide down the slopes.

Simon said: “It was brought our attention there were lots of bits of broken sledges on St James Hill.

“I was tasked with going to have a look yesterday morning for a picture, and I was staggered by the amount of broken sledges that had been left there.

“As I returned to the office I just thought ‘why don’t we get an Archant Norfolk team together to do something about it?’.

“A quick shout around the office and we had half a dozen of us in a car on the way back to Mousehold, and an hour later St James Hill was back to its pristine best.”

Following the broken sledge litter-pick, EDP editor Nigel Pickover and event sales manager Mervyn Freeman picked up all the rubbish sacks in a van so that the EDP could dispose of the broken sledges in a more appropriate way.

emma.knights@archant.co.uk

4 comments

  • Personally I would have demanded my money back from the shop, clearly those plastic sledges were not fit for purpose. That aside it does seem that far too many youngsters have little regard for their environment or the money that their parents spent in buying their tobogans.

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    peter waller

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • slow news day or overstaffed timbers sledges may be more expensive but are repairable and recyclable

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    david106

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • @david106 - I quite agree. I have a wooden sledge that is about 60 years old and has survived many snowy winters; including being snowed into a boarding school at Ketteringham Hall during the 1963 winter for an extended period.

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    T Doff

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Spout Hills at Holt is exactly the same. Why people can't dispose of their broken sledges is beyond me. Just can't be bothered I guess!

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    samphirelover

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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