Estate not amused by the ‘dog poo tree’ of Balmoral
IT has become a bugbear for nature lovers everywhere – the proliferation of plastic waste bags being left behind by lazy dog walkers.
And it appears even the Queen cannot escape the blight of litter louts on her Aberdeenshire estate.
Rangers at Balmoral have raised concerns over how walkers are disposing of the dog waste bags, with one ranger writing on Twitter: ‘I think we found a new species! A dog poo tree! It has plastic bags full of dog poo hanging on its branches. And it’s only 20 yards from a proper dog poo bin.’
It is the latest litter problem to hit Balmoral. In August, louts were accused of leaving behind a ‘disgusting’ pile of rubbish in one of the estate bothies.
Posting a picture on social media of the waste, the estate’s rangers wrote: ‘Some of the rubbish collected from the Glas-allt-Shiel bothy this week! Disgusting.’
The rangers also showed an abandoned camp fire and the ‘mess’ left behind.
Last year, the estate criticised litter louts who left nearly 20kg (43lb) of rubbish on Prince Charles’ favourite mountain – which he immortalised in his children’s story, The Old Man of Lochnagar. Balmoral posted a picture on its Facebook page of the rubbish, also with the comment ‘disgusting’.
Followers condemned the desecration of 3,789ft (1,155m) Lochnagar, where the haul included plastic bottles, wrappers and plastic containers.
In 2010, Prince Charles took part in a discussion on how to tackle antisocial behaviour.
When he was asked by a member of the audience what a person should do if they witnessed someone littering a forest, Charles replied: ‘The difficult thing is to ask them to pick it up without getting stabbed.