Flytippers dump huge bags of hydroponic fertiliser at Leeds beauty spot

Thoughtless flytippers have dumped sacks of fertiliser near a North Leeds reservoir.

Friday, 7th June 2019, 5:48 pm
Flytipped waste at Eccup Reservoir

Pictures of the rubbish show huge bags left at the side of Eccup Moor Road, near Eccup Reservoir, with the fertiliser spilling out onto the road.

Plastic waste and other rubbish had also been flytipped at the beauty spot, which is popular with walkers.

Dumped fertiliser at Eccup Reservoir

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Now concerns have been raised about the effects of the waste on the environment and local wildlife, as chemicals in fertilizers can be carried into the reservoir from rainfall, potentially harming fish and birds.

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"It's not just the fertiliser, it's the plastic waste too. Whoever has done this has no regard for the environment."

Eccup, in Alwoodley, covers 91 hectares and is the largest body of water in West Yorkshire.

Dumped waste at Eccup Reservoir

The reservoir is currently home to rare red kites, with the surrounding woodland all listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, meaning it is protected for conservation purposes.

Leeds City Council have been contacted for comment.