Aylsham

Blickling needs your eyes on rubbish

Just Regional
Feb 18, 2016 2 mins read

Are you a regular visitor to Blickling? Do you enjoy walking round the estate? If so, the countryside team could use your help.

There have been some instances recently of unsightly fly-tipping on this Grade II listed estate and now the National Trust are working in partnership with Broadland District Council and Norfolk Police to launch a campaign asking visitors to be their eyes and report any fly tipping activity they might see.

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can be liquid or solid in nature and be a single bag of waste to large quantities dumped by trucks. It also includes garden waste whether it is bagged or not.

“Fly tipping not only poses a threat to humans and wildlife, but something as innocent-looking as garden waste can introduce harmful bacteria and invasive species into the environment.  This can cause serious damage to native flora and fauna,” said Dave Brady, head ranger.  “Sadly, our team can’t be everywhere all of the time, but we are lucky enough to have more than400,000 visitors to the estate each year. With their help, we might be able to properly protect our beautiful estate from this illegal practice.”

It was calculated that a medium sized fly tip costs the National Trust approximately £200 to remove and dispose of safely and legally.

“If you witness fly tipping at Blickling or anywhere else, please don’t approach or challenge anyone or clear up the waste,” says Tony Garland (waste enforcement team, Broadland District Council). “We just need you to remember as much detail of what you saw as possible, especially a registration plate if possible, and report it immediately on 01603 430488. Fly tipping can only be solved by working together and we hope that visitors to the estate will help us to keep Blickling beautiful.”

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