People using Croxley Common Moor are being urged to treat the beauty spot with respect after the beauty spot was hit by littering yet again during lockdown with the problem ongoing.
Laughing gas cannisters and broken glass were among the debris found recently and the area has seen large gatherings, barbecues and even bonfires as people looked for new places to visit while shops, pubs and restaurants were closed during the pandemic.
Fabian Hiscock is the chairman of the Friends of Croxley Common Moor, a group of volunteers whose primary role is to maintain the Site of Special Scientific Interest – and that includes picking up the rubbish others leave behind.
He said: “The real problem is a lot of people found the moor for the first time. Most people who visit aren’t from Croxley so they don’t know how to treat it. It has no facilities whatsoever and it is a wonderful place. I would like to say something to the visitors who bring so much though: ‘You brought it with you, it can’t be more difficult to take it away.”
He said: “A recent litter pick was much better than expected and there is some evidence that people are getting the message. It demonstrates that there are people who care. Don’t be surprised or getcross if you see us solemnly on the moor collecting stuff. We’d rather come off empty handed but we never do.
“It was worse when it was drier a month ago – fires of any sort are not permitted on the moor and we are concerned if people think that’s the way to behave on the moor. We’re delighted people living in the area have discovered the moor and are using it. It’s terrific it is full of people but it must be treated properly.”
Fabian said the Friends always welcome new volunteers.
For more information, go to croxleycommonmoor.org.uk.