A Stanmore resident and her two children spent their Sunday litter picking from their local park.
Tamara Frank’s six-year-old son suggested spending some time collecting rubbish left in Stanmore Country Park on March 8.
They were able to pick up two carrier bags worth of litter including plastic bottles, crisp packets and drink cans.
Most of the rubbish was dog waste bags, despite having dog bins provided at the park.
They were shocked that walkers had left this behind, believing that they should want to protect their fields the most.
Tamara said: “We love the country park and greatly appreciate the work done by other volunteers to make it so beautiful and it felt good to do our bit.
“It was rewarding work, to the children it was akin to a treasure hunt so I would highly recommend it as an afternoon activity for your kids. That said, it is obviously immensely sad that it’s necessary.
“It seems bizarre that you cause risk to wild animals by failing to dispose safely and respectfully of your animal’s poo. Obviously, I appreciate it isn’t all dog owners but clearly a considerable number are failing to take their dog poo bags to the bins provided.”
Upon leaving the park, they noticed even more litter down the roads on Brockley Hill, and were quick to realise they had only just scratched the surface, promising to come back another day.