Litter-pick helps clear up Hay-a-Park

AT the Knaresborough Annual Town Meeting a cry for help went out from local resident and Greenpeace supporter Sue Kitching regarding the disheartening and overwhelming amount of rubbish accumulated around the lagoons at Hay-a-Park.
Although the site is privately owned it is a popular area with dog walkers, nature lovers and local people alike and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Coun Anne Jones, ward member for the area, was one of a dozen like-minded people along with members of Knaresborough in Bloom willing to offer a helping hand to clear the mass of rubbish from this very sensitive site, which is presently playing host to the Goosander

The weather conditions were perfect for the litter-pick on Sunday and 130 bags were filled with an assortment of recklessly-discarded rubbish and the site was also cleared of old car parts, tyres and coils of barbed-wire.

19 adults and seven children took part.

The event tied in well with the Harrogate Borough Council’s Spring Clean initiative and the loan of gloves and picking arms was much appreciated.

The council will dispose of the rubbish.

It is hoped the clean-up will become an annual event, as it is two years since the site was cleared and the amount of rubbish was considerable.

Coun Jones said: “Most people would acknowledge that local authorities will never have enough money or manpower to tackle the litter problem completely so I would encourage people to visit to learn more about what they can do to make a difference.”

Knaresborough Post
01 April 2008