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Filthy Wild Campers

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Alexa Sun 19-Jul-20 11:03:17

This new problem must be dealt with.
There must be policing in wild beauty spots by officers mounted on ponies or quad bikes, who are able to arrest any campers who lack a portable toilet of some acceptable sort, or are too far away from a public toilet with adequate capacity.

These officers should also be detailed to warn and advise any campers that the must take their rubbish home or be punished for not doing so. Officers should keep a registration book of wild campers they find , like hotels' registers.

Trained officers of that sort could be a great job for suitable persons at a time when the employment situation is in a state of change.

GagaJo Sun 19-Jul-20 11:05:56

Rubbish, yes. But otherwise, why is wild camping a problem?

merlotgran Sun 19-Jul-20 11:09:08

Sounds like a dream job to me. Riding about in glorious countryside, scanning the horizon for the tell-tale sign of curling wisps of smoke from a BBQ.

Very Enid Blyton grin

midgey Sun 19-Jul-20 11:09:33

Because new wild campers don’t dig proper latrines......

Septimia Sun 19-Jul-20 11:09:40

Unfortunately most of these wild campers have had no training in how to do it, such as they would have had if they had been Scouts or Guides.

Callistemon Sun 19-Jul-20 11:11:35

Wild ponies don't dig latrines either.
They need training.

Gwenisgreat1 Sun 19-Jul-20 11:12:33

I wonder if these messy campers have left a messy home as well? Can it be such a problem to take their mess home with them? Or is it sheer laziness?

Callistemon Sun 19-Jul-20 11:12:53

merlotgran

Sounds like a dream job to me. Riding about in glorious countryside, scanning the horizon for the tell-tale sign of curling wisps of smoke from a BBQ.

Very Enid Blyton grin

Ps I agree that littering is a huge problem and needs to be tackled.

Callistemon Sun 19-Jul-20 11:14:19

Oh dear, I didn't mean to quote your post, merlotgran!

Sallywally1 Sun 19-Jul-20 11:16:11

Human waste is a biohazard, meaning it’s leads to health hazards. It should be dealt with hygienically. As far as I know the waste from wild ponies is not a hazard (correct me if I am wrong) possibly because of their diet?

diygran Sun 19-Jul-20 11:16:29

Read today of the mess wild campers have left atvthe Queen's Balmoral estate. There is picture of the rubbish left- a large pile of tents, camping chairs etc. They just couldnt be bothered taking it home. 'One' will not be amused!

MayBee70 Sun 19-Jul-20 11:18:42

An awful lot of campfires as well which is a worry given the dry weather we’re having (at least it is where I am). Lots of human poo in the dunes and people also don’t seem to be picking up their dog poo either. Along with the fact that many drivers seem to be ignoring speed restrictions as well makes me feel society has broken down somewhat.

Callistemon Sun 19-Jul-20 11:19:28

I'd be pretty annoyed if someone did that on my private land too!!
Or people who think it's perfectly ok to come and pick fruit from your farm.

Alexa Sun 19-Jul-20 11:19:45

As septimia said, these wold campers are not like Scouts and Guides. Many of them leave their gas canisters, tents, camping chairs, duvets , food packages, and so forth which the land owner , farmer, National Trust, or council has to pay to remove. If the detritus is left where the campers left it it can kill wild and domestic animals.

Riverwalk Sun 19-Jul-20 11:23:29

Where are all these police officers to take on this task?

They aren't around for the fly-tippers, sheep rustlers, machinery thieves etc.

Alexa Sun 19-Jul-20 11:25:19

As I implied there need be a training scheme for girls and boys who are to be found among young healthy job seekers.

EllanVannin Sun 19-Jul-20 11:47:06

My D has always said how dirty people are which is why she won't allow me to go any further than the safer distance that there is here at the local shopping area and not outside of it to the village, even though there's nothing much to tempt me there.

Since M&S pulled out a few years ago the place went down to rock bottom with charity shops and pound shops and a bloomin' McDonalds----enough said ! So sad to see what used to be a busy shopping village which was well kept reduced to a rubbish area.

MayBee70, you were right in saying a break-down of society.

EllanVannin Sun 19-Jul-20 11:48:55

It's people who create these rubbish areas---nothing wrong with the places themselves.

lemongrove Sun 19-Jul-20 12:39:20

merlotgran

Sounds like a dream job to me. Riding about in glorious countryside, scanning the horizon for the tell-tale sign of curling wisps of smoke from a BBQ.

Very Enid Blyton grin

grin
I doubt there are enough police spare to deal with wild camping rubbish problems.There are so many places they camp it would be near impossible.

merlotgran Sun 19-Jul-20 12:44:21

Alexa

As I implied there need be a training scheme for girls and boys who are to be found among young healthy job seekers.

Policing is a dangerous job, especially in remote rural areas.

MawB Sun 19-Jul-20 14:15:24

Alexa

This new problem must be dealt with.
There must be policing in wild beauty spots by officers mounted on ponies or quad bikes, who are able to arrest any campers who lack a portable toilet of some acceptable sort, or are too far away from a public toilet with adequate capacity.

These officers should also be detailed to warn and advise any campers that the must take their rubbish home or be punished for not doing so. Officers should keep a registration book of wild campers they find , like hotels' registers.

Trained officers of that sort could be a great job for suitable persons at a time when the employment situation is in a state of change.

While I sympathise with your sentiments Alexa I am afraid I think you are whistling in the wind.
You say this “new problem ”must be dealt with
There must be policing in wild beauty spots
Campers who lack a portable toilet should be arrested
Officers should keep a “registration book” etc etc.

I agree that leaving litter, “going” behind a hedge or a tree and so on are examples of anti-social behaviour, but to expect our over stretched police resources to add this to their list is completely unrealistic.
I would rather see gun and knife crime prioritised.
I would rather see domestic violence prioritised
I would rather see burglary and theft (too often aggravated) prioritised
I think it is appalling that shoplifting for items under something like £200 is not even followed up
I think that dangerous driving is too often ignored because the police do not have the resources to stop every motorist who breaks the speed limit or is seen to be driving erratically
Car theft /joy riding (also called TDA) is rife in too many areas
Drugs circulate freely even in kids’ playgrounds and outside school gates with children as young as 10 recruited in “County lines” by drug dealers.

PCSO’s were an attempt to relieve police officers of some of the “lesser” offences and foster community/police relations. . A good concept but too often they are simply ignored because they do not have the powers of regular police officers.

So frankly if you will pardon the expression, I don’t think there is a snowball’s chance in hell of a force such as that which you envisage .
Of course people could always amend their own behaviour.

GagaJo Sun 19-Jul-20 14:22:44

I don't see why human poo is an issue. It breaks down.

Rubbish, yes, disgusting. Fires, also a risk so no.

Other than that, IMO it's fine.

Callistemon Sun 19-Jul-20 14:46:56

GagaJo

I don't see why human poo is an issue. It breaks down.

Rubbish, yes, disgusting. Fires, also a risk so no.

Other than that, IMO it's fine.

Me neither. Out in the wild, of course, not near any footpaths, in sand dunes and certainly not near anyone's property - or even, as some have been doing recently, in their garden! It would be better to bury it out in the wild, of course, if possible.

Not all wild birds and animals are vegetarian either so should their faeces be cleared up too, SallyWally?
Dog or cat excrement is more dangerous as it can cause toxicariasis.

People should take their belongings and litter home of course.

Callistemon Sun 19-Jul-20 14:52:46

MawB
Good post
We just do not have the resources available.

Suggesting the countryside is policed in a draconian fashion is going the wrong way about this.
Instead we should be teaching people to take their litter and belongings home with them and discourage this throwaway society.

It is the norm, of course, to leave behind tents and other equipment at music festivals where they are recycled or disposed of by staff. Perhaps it has become a habit for some.
"Someone else will clear it up" is a mantra these days in this country, one which needs to change.

sodapop Sun 19-Jul-20 15:47:53

Good posts Maw & Callistemon seems like volunteers will end up doing these dirty jobs as usual.
People's mind set needs to change but I think its a forlorn hope. Quite a lot of the younger generation are becoming more and more conscious of 'green' issues so maybe things will change slowly.