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a cautionary tale - with a happy ending - Updated 22nd August 2013
John Cavendish emailed the 'Biz' to pass on this not altogether pleasant experience, which began a couple of weeks ago . .I'll leave it to John to tell the story. .. . but make sure you read the 24th August update to the original article at the end
"A couple of weeks ago, some children had a camping party in one of my fields, near a public footpath (without my knowledge) and left a bin liner - and a pillow! - near the stile on the footpath. The rubbish consisted mainly of empty beer and cider bottles, and when they did not return to pick it up, I carried it home and disposed of it.
Yesterday evening (21st August) I was alerted by a neighbour that a large group of young teenage children, armed with camping gear and a large supply of drinks, were heading up the footpath towards the same field. I went to meet them, and found them setting themselves up in the field.
When they saw me approaching, they started to make off, but as there is currently no stock in the field, it was a fine evening and I am not, by nature, a ".get orff my land ! . ."' person, I told them they could stay, on 2 conditions:
One, if they wished to come again, they have the courtesy to ask permission first, and the second, that they leave no litter behind them. They agreed, some of them even said thank you.
Imagine my disappointment on finding the scene shown in the photographs this morning.
Litter was strewn around over a large area, with empty bottles lying in the grass well away from the main 'camp', where they had presumably been thrown. . . .read on
Update received from John 24th August
. . .Happy to say, I went up to the field to clear it all up this morning - and it's gone! Just a few outlying beer bottles in the grass, but otherwise, immaculate. Hooray!
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