An investigation has been launched after a beauty spot was turned into a dumping ground by fly-tippers.
The mountain of rubbish and waste was dumped at Haughmond Hill, near Shrewsbury, over the weekend after being dumped close to the main car park of the tourist attraction.
Shocked members of the public reported the incident on Saturday to The Forestry Commission, who manage the hill, as well as Shropshire Council who said they were “looking for evidence of who may be responsible”.
Park bosses today branded the incident “needless” and “inconsiderate” and said the rubbish would be removed by their waste contractor over the next two to three days. The rubbish comprises a large amount of industrial materials, including wooden panels, and a number of children’s toys.
Jo Davies, who lives in Wellington, made the discovery at the weekend before alerting the Forestry Commission and Shropshire Council.
She said she had been driving past with her husband and two children.
“My family and I were just driving past on Saturday evening just before it closed when we drove past this almighty mountain of rubbish which had clearly been dumped there by some sort of vehicle,” she added.
“It was directly opposite the car park and I couldn’t believe how much there was. It appeared as though there were also kids’ toys amongst the junk which I found quite odd as well.”
Georgina Sharp, the Forestry Commission’s recreation ranger for The Marches area, said it would be removed in the “next few days”. She added: “It is such a shame that some people choose to treat Forestry Commission and other sites in this way.
“Not only is it inconsiderate and unappealing but it needlessly creates work and cost at a time when resources tight and would be better spent on other things.”