Durex wrappers and dog mess - Not what you expect at a country park
- Credit: Annie Trayhurn
Durex wrappers, empty beer cans and dog mess. These are just some of the things that Annie Trayhurn has found as she walks around Whitlingham Park, south Norwich.
The Whitlingham Lane resident is fed up with the lack of respect that visitors have been showing to the park as they discard food packets, beer cans and worse in the county park.
Mrs Trayhun, 49, said; 'People are so disrespectful of the park. It's not uncommon people leaving their barbecue behind and it scorches the grass. Often they leave litter in the car park.
'Rubbish is everywhere, tin cans, wine bottles, remains of barbecues we have also had broken chairs just dumped there.
'What frustrates me is that they come to a beautiful area, enjoy it and then leave all their rubbish everywhere.'
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The housewife of Whitlingham Lane also said that it is not uncommon to find Durex foils and condoms.
The park attracts nearly half a million visitors every year with opportunities to walk, cycle, boat and sample many outdoor activities.
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Rob Leigh from the Broads Authority said: 'Whilst the vast majority of visitors enjoy the park responsibly there will inevitably be some that leave litter or cause damage.
'Broads Authority Rangers conduct regular litter picks and are always on the lookout for any problems dealing with these as quickly as possible.
'If members of the public spot problems we would urge them to report these to our staff at the tourist information centre who can organise a response. 'Of course we hope that ultimately all visitors will behave responsibly and use the numerous litter bins provided so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful park.'
Mrs Trayhun thinks that the area would be improved if a warden was to start patrolling the area.
'I think we need the park warden back, there used to be one about 17 years ago but we need one to go round and tell people to say don't leave rubbish behind.
'There are bins there but we need more. People couldn't care less, it is just pure and utter contempt for the beauty that is in the area. I've seen rubbish hung in the trees as well so even if there were bins they wouldn't use it.
'For people who love the park it does upset them to see it like that.'