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Litter pick at Great Yarmouth’s Breydon Water finds a dumped television and toy castle

Rangers collected huge amounts of litter from near Breydon Water. Photo: Broads Authority

Rangers collected huge amounts of litter from near Breydon Water. Photo: Broads Authority

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A litter pick at Breydon Water in Great Yarmouth has seen more than 50 bags of rubbish collected by Broads Authority rangers.

View from the top of Havenbridge House.
Breydon Bridge / Breydon Water / A47 / Marshes.

October 2015.

Picture: James Bass

View from the top of Havenbridge House. Breydon Bridge / Breydon Water / A47 / Marshes. October 2015. Picture: James Bass

As a result of low tides and shallow mud flats, litter picks are particularly difficult to complete at Breydon Water.

Litter can build up to considerable levels as it becomes stuck in the inaccessible mud, and can only be removed when high tide levels are present.

Due to the very high tides recently experienced, a team of Broads Authority Rangers were able to conduct a mass litter pick on Monday.

The pick was said to be highly successful, with more than 50 bin bags of rubbish and a skip full of driftwood removed from the edge of the water.

Other than masses of plastic bags, bottles and hypodermic needles, a number of more surprising items were removed, including a television, children’s car seat, multiple traffic cones and even a children’s toy castle.

Lucy Burchnall, head of ranger services at the Broads Authority, said: “Litter can cause problems within the Broads as it looks unsightly and larger floating debris can be a serious hazard to vessels navigating.

“Because of this, we are committed to both carrying out and supporting litter picks whenever possible, for example the pick at Breydon and the recent Norwich Green Party clean-up of the River Wensum.”

The Broads Authority urges members of the public who are concerned about large items (such as logs or barrels) seen within the Broads Navigation area to report their concerns to Broads Control on 01603 756056 where it will be passed on to the appropriate ranger team to deal with.

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