“The Flint Bridge Plantation is part of Brocket Park, a private park criss-crossed by public rights of way. The fly tipping is obviously a result of an opening through the boundary, screened from the road, that is wide enough to admit a lorry or large van.

The tip extends to at least the area of a football pitch.

The material dumped is a mixture of builders’ waste and house clearance. Individual piles often speak of specific jobs; fitted kitchens and bedroom furniture units are quite frequent, as are the remnants of central heating installations, garden clearances and extension building.

Some of the waste is clearly hazardous, like the remains of an entire asbestos garage, which would have been expensive to demolish and dispose of legally.

Overall the site is dangerous and unsightly, probably amounting to permanent damage to the woodland environment.

Concrete blocks now fill the vehicle access from the layby, and there are notices up warning of police presence, but the site will be very expensive to clear.”

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