Leeds walkers 'appalled' by litter in Roundhay Park as volunteer fills two bags with dog poo and rubbish

Residents enjoying a walk in Roundhay Park were "appalled" by the amount of litter left behind this weekend.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 7:46 am

Restrictions on outdoor recreation were eased earlier this month and Leeds' largest park has been busy with people soaking up the warmer weather outside.

But members of community group Friends of Roundhay Park have been left outraged by the amount of rubbish left behind.

Carol Stagg, an active member of the group, shared a picture of empty bottles, cans and food packaging left by the park's gazebo on Sunday.

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A volunteer filled two large sacks with rubbish and dog poo which had been bagged and dumped in the park (Photo: Carol Elizabeth)

When Carol returned to bin the rubbish, she was heartened to see some of it had been cleared by other volunteers.

However, she filled two large sacks with rubbish and dog poo which had been bagged and dumped in the park.

Carol said: "We were appalled at the volume of litter, even at the atmospheric old gazebo high up in the woods.

"As a regular litter picker, I went back an hour later and was pleased to see some kind people had cleared some of the rubbish.

"However, I still collected two full purple bags in this area and the fields around Elmete Hall where the dog walkers go.

"I don’t have a dog and don’t understand why people bag up the dog poo and then dump it.

"I cannot tell you how many bags I picked up. Many were in the green bio degradable bags.

"Obviously these walkers think it is okay to leave them in piles to degrade. How many years will that take? If you are a dog walker in this area please take your bags away with you."

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