“Heartbreaking” Volume Of Litter At Durdle Door Shows Lack Of Respect

A team of dedicated volunteers have been setting to clearing up the atrocious mess left behind by hundreds of people who flocked to a popular Dorset beach recently.

Crowds defied the stay at home order during the hot and sunny weekend, and even after three cliff jumpers were seriously injured leaping from the iconic arch of Durdle Door on Saturday evening, people flocked back on Sunday, reports the Evening Standard.

And if the scenes of people crowding on to the beach, and the dangerous actions of the cliff jumpers were not enough, the pictures of the aftermath left behind by selfish beach-goers at the weekend have revealed the environmental impact of their actions.

Volunteer beach cleaners have shared images of the rubbish-strewn beauty spot and World Heritage Site that hoards of visitors left behind. Rubbish bins were overflowing, and litter was dumped next to bins instead of people taking their waste home to dispose of properly.

Lucy Culkin, CEO of Jurassic Coast Trust, has called for more respect to be given to Dorset’s outstanding natural heritage. She said: “The lack of respect for our coastline shown by some has deeply saddened our local communities and visitors alike.

“The Jurassic Coast is an iconic World Heritage Site, with landforms that attract worldwide notoriety for research, education, science and engagement. To witness the disregard with which Durdle Door, our beaches and coast paths have been treated is shocking.

“We have received hundreds of messages from members of the public highlighting the appalling volume of litter on beaches; the human waste, sanitary items and surgical masks and gloves found at the top of Golden Cap and numerous disposable BBQ’s found on footpaths next to open fields in dry, hot conditions.

“Please take your rubbish home, please be respectful to local communities, please think twice about coming to the Jurassic Coast until the time is right. We sincerely hope to not see a repeat of these events over the coming weeks.”

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