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One of Derbyshire’s most popular beauty spots is being defaced by unsightly graffiti.
The Forestry Commission and Derbyshire County Council have joined forces to tackle the problem at Black Rocks, near Cromford, which has worsened over the last few months.
Large areas of rock face have been defaced using multi-coloured paint sprays with the clean-up costs likely to be high.
Patrols by rangers from both organisations have been stepped up and plans are being considered to install surveillance cameras to identify those responsible.
The Forestry Commission owns Black Rocks as part of its Cromford Moor estate – an 80-hectare (200-acre) woodland popular with walkers. The outcrop of gritstone sculpted by the wind and rain over thousands of years is a massive draw for rocks climbers and a major local landmark.
Andrew Norman, Ranger from the Forestry Commission, said:
“In these difficult financial times we are all doing our best to maintain recreational facilities to a high standard. But senseless acts of vandalism like this end up diverting money we could be better spending somewhere else. The graffiti detracts from what is a beautiful place and popular with climbers, walkers and nature lovers.”
Councillor Simon Spencer, Deputy Leader for Derbyshire County Council, which helps manage the site, added:
“Black Rocks are a popular tourist attraction enjoyed by more than 50,000 visitors every year and we work hard to preserve them for the enjoyment of all, both now and in the future. Specialist cleaners will need to be brought in to remove the graffiti which is bad news for local tax-payers footing the bill. We’d appeal to those defacing the rocks to think twice and encourage anyone with information about those responsible to get in touch.”
Options for cleaning up the graffiti are now being investigated. If anyone has information which may help identify those responsible please contact the Forestry Commission on 01433 650072.
Notes to Editor
- Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. To find out more got to www.forestry.gov.uk/EastMidlands
- Media calls: Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.