Es­tate not amused by the ‘dog poo tree’ of Bal­moral

Scottish Daily Mail - - Comment - Daily Mail Re­porter

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.

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