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Forestry Commission Scotland staff in Glenmore have been left fuming by irresponsible litter louts.
Glenmore – one of Scotland’s most beautiful and scenic sites – is being spoiled by picnickers, day-trippers and wild campers who are ignoring signage and leaving their rubbish behind.
The Commission’s District Manager for Inverness, Ross & Skye, Graeme Prest, said:
“With the recent good weather bringing more and more people out of doors, we’re getting more visitors to Glenmore - but unfortunately some of them are giving us a bit of a headache.
“We have signs throughout the area asking people to take their rubbish home and dispose of it properly, yet we are faced with more and more carrier bags of rubbish being left on site.
“It is really disappointing and very inconsiderate. It spoils this beautiful location for other visitors, and our staff have to waste their time clearing up the mess rather than getting on with other, more important work that helps to maintain Glenmore as a top-flight visitor destination.
“We want to make sure that everyone who comes to Glenmore has a fantastic visit and one that is memorable in a good way, so we would urge everyone to do their bit, take their rubbish home and leave no trace.”
The Glenmore team is spending most of its time clearing up rubbish and tidying up after wild camping but they are not the only ones facing the problem; Cairngorms National Park Authority has been promoting a ‘Tread Lightly’ campaign focusing on five key areas of responsible access - of which litter and camping is one.
Fran Pothecary, the CNPA’s Outdoor Access Officer said:
“We want people to enjoy the Cairngorms National park and have a great holiday but not at the expense of other peoples enjoyment nor the wildlife and habitats that can be adversely affected by litter.”
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