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6,000 clean-up bill at Bonnetts Wood

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Flytipping at Bonnetts Wood

Up to 50 tonnes of rubbish was dumped at Bonnetts Wood in Upminster last week, leaving the Forestry Commission with a clean-up bill of £6,000.

On the evening of Monday 17 November, a metal barrier on Gerpins Lane was cut through and around three tipper lorries unloaded piles of shredded waste wood and paper onto the site’s public footpath. Last weekend, the Parklands car park was also a victim of a huge amount of similar fly tipping.

The Forestry Commission’s Community Ranger, Clare Rowley, said:

“So many local people love Bonnetts Wood as a peaceful green space, and it has been spoilt for them this week. It’s very disappointing for us, as we would have spent this £6,000 on something far more positive.

“This kind of large-scale fly tipping is rife in the area, and from speaking to local landowners, they are terrified this will happen to them too.”

The Forestry Commission is urging their visitors and neighbours to be vigilant for suspicious activity, and if it is safe to do so, to report details of criminal activity to the police using the 101 number.

You can contact the Forestry Commission’s Community Ranger on 01708 642964 or at


Notes to Editor

  1. Images of the rubbish are available

  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at

  3. The Forestry Commission owns and manages 10 community woodlands in Havering and Thurrock, these are: Berwick Glades, Bonnetts Wood, Cely Woods, Harold Court Woods, Pages Wood, Folkes Lane Woodland, Tylers Wood, The Thames Chase Forest Centre, Ingrebourne Hill and Mardyke Woods.

  4. Media Contact: Clare Rowley, Community Ranger
    T: 01708 642964