Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas tree dumped - with decorations still on

A CHRISTMAS tree complete with its decorations and lights was found dumped in woods in Harpsden.

A CHRISTMAS tree complete with its decorations and lights was found dumped in woods in Harpsden.

The discovery was made by dog walker Julie Lamim, of The Close, Henley, on Thursday last week.

She said she was shocked to find the trees with tinsel, baubles and lights still attached and the container nearby.

Mrs Lamim called the fly- tippers “pathetic” and said: “They’ve clearly put the tree in their car and driven it to the woods.

“The rest of Henley have put their trees out with their bins so it is quite bizarre really.”

Kester George, chairman of Harpsden Parish Council, said: “It’s such a pity that some people don’t respect the countryside.

“It’s so lovely around here and there are ample opportunities to dispose of waste properly. People just need to take more trouble.”

Councillor George said he would dispose of the tree himself or report it to South Oxfordshire District Council. Henley Town Council’s parks staff had offered to shred Christmas trees in return for donations to Henley in Bloom.

Kellie Gehrmann, who chairs the group, said: “It’s terrible when you offer a service so cheaply that someone still feels they have to go out of their way to dump their tree. There’s no cameras up there so the person will never be caught and I doubt they will feel guilty about it.”

Tree recycling was arranged by the district council at a number of sites across the area. Recycling is available at the recreation ground car parks in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Ewelme and Watlington until Monday.

Garden waste customers can leave their tree next to their brown bin during a garden waste collection week. They are asked not to put whole trees inside the bin as they can be difficult to get out again.

Kester George, chairman of Harpsden Parish Council, said: “It’s such a pity that some people don’t respect the countryside.

“It’s so lovely around here and there are ample opportunities to dispose of waste properly. People just need to take more trouble.”

Councillor George said he would dispose of the tree himself or report it to South Oxfordshire District Council. Henley Town Council’s parks staff had offered to shred Christmas trees in return for donations to Henley in Bloom.

Kellie Gehrmann, who chairs the group, said: “It’s terrible when you offer a service so cheaply that someone still feels they have to go out of their way to dump their tree. There’s no cameras up there so the person will never be caught and I doubt they will feel guilty about it.”

Tree recycling was arranged by the district council at a number of sites across the area. Recycling is available at the recreation ground car parks in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Ewelme and Watlington until Monday.

Garden waste customers can leave their tree next to their brown bin during a garden waste collection week. They are asked not to put whole trees inside the bin as they can be difficult to get out again.

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