Just when you think you’ve got on top of the litter issue and you think you’ve more-or-less got to grips with the dog mess problem, a new blight hits you – irresponsible metal detector enthusiasts! I had been warned about this recent nuisance, so I decided to go and see for myself what damage these vandals have caused, and I was appalled by what I saw.
The green looks lovely in the August sunshine, and much of the grassland has been left to wildlife. It’s a joy to listen to hundreds of grasshoppers and see a variety of butterflies flitting about; however, someone has been bust digging fist-sized holes right in the thoroughfares and grassy pathways completely ruining the look of the place. Not only that, it’s incredibly dangerous to walk along. With the recent rainfall, grass has grown inside these pits camouflaging them, and the first you know about it is when you’re laying flat on your back clutching your painful ankle!
It’s not just people who are facing this Health and Safety nightmare, but dogs are also becoming victims, with hefty vet bills for their unsuspecting owners.
At the moment, the hedgerows are brimming with elderberries and blackberries and the oak trees are laden with acorns. This should be a fabulous area for everyone to be able to share but it’s being totally ruined by a few small-minded and selfish individuals.