Britain’s beaches and parks have been left strewn with plastic litter after a Bank Holiday weekend that saw millions take advantage of the record-breaking heat.
Shameful pictures show mounds of plastic rubbish, nappies, windbreakers and disposable barbecues littering the country’s coastline and green spaces by visitors who basked in temperatures hit 84F (28.7C), making the parts of the UK hotter than Hawaii.
Brighton beach was among the worst hit as up to 50 tonnes of rubbish was left by thousands of day trippers, while Southsea Common in Hampshire and Chatsworth Park in Derbyshire also had mounds of litter left over.
Volunteers were left having to litter pick on Tuesday morning after tonnes of debris were simply left on the ground instead of being put in bins. Some residents, shocked by the appalling state of their local beaches called for the introduction of a dedicated litter police to fine those flouting the rules.
It comes just weeks after the Daily Mail announced a national campaign to get Britain picking up plastic litter.
The campaign — organised in conjunction with Keep Britain Tidy — has been endorsed by Prime Minister Theresa May and Sir David Attenborough.
Huge amounts of litter were left behind by people after the bank holiday weekend on Southend seafront in Essex
Plastic rubbish, nappies, windbreakers and disposable barbecues were left littering the country’s coastline and green spaces by visitors basked in temperatures hit 84F (28.7C), making the parts of the UK hotter than Hawaii. Pictured: Rubbish left by visitors after the bank holiday weekend at the Somerset beauty spot of Warleigh Weir on the River Avon
Plastic bottles, toys, bags and plenty of other rubbish litters the beach in Brighton this morning after the bank holiday
Southsea Common is pictured last night after being littered with hundreds of plastic and glass bottles and many barbecues
Bags of litter surround bins in Queen’s Park, North West London, following the hot, sunny Bank Holiday Monday which saw thousands descend on the capital’s parks to enjoy the weather
Bags of litter surround a bin at Queen’s Park in North West London today following the hot and sunny bank holiday weekend
Large amount of rubbish left by the park users on bank holiday on Monday in Alexandra Palace, north London
The worst scenes were seen in Southend on Sea, Essex, where the sand was barely visible over the weekend due to the amount of visitors.
But the aftermath was dubbed a ‘disgrace’ with buckets and spades and hundreds of plastic water bottles left behind.
PC Daryl Jones said: ‘Now there’s nothing more I love than a day off…especially when the sun is shining. However if you come to our town to enjoy the weather please tidy up your rubbish!!!!!!! There is no excuse.’
Another local said: ‘We could have signs on the beach saying how would you like it if we came into your home stayed for the day and left our rubbish on your floor with a picture of a seagull with a beer pack holder round their neck.’
In Brighton, an army of cleaners patrol the seafront daily to try to keep the famous pebble beach clear of rubbish. The cleaning teams get to work at around 5am every morning to clear the beach ready for the day ahead.
The shameful scene was repeated across the country.
Piles of rubbish left at Chatsworth Park in Derbyshire this morning after people enjoyed the warm weather over the weekend
The clean up in Southsea Common near Portsmouth, Hampshire, started early this morning as the whole common was littered
In Brighton, an army of cleaners patrol the seafront daily to try to keep the famous pebble beach clear of rubbish
The shameful scene of trashed beaches and parks was repeated across the country. Pictured: Rubbish on a Brighton beach
Empty bottles, plastic bags, water bottles and other rubbish was carelessly discarded by park-goers in Alexandra Palace
Bins were left overflowing after millions headed to parks and beaches to enjoy the warm weather. Pictured: Queen’s Park
JOIN THE DAILY MAIL’S GREAT PLASTIC PICK UP CAMPAIGN
Daily Mail readers the length and breadth of the country have been taking part in the paper’s Great Plastic Pick Up campaign.
The aim is to clean up beauty spots, beaches, streets and parks and step up the vital battle against the scourge of plastic.
The campaign has been backed by Prime Minister Theresa May and celebrities including Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham.
It has also been endorsed by Keep Britain Tidy ambassador and TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp.
For the first 3,000 people or schools who sign up, the Mail is sending a special pack of recyclable litter bags to get you started.
We will also send professional cleaners to where the three best litter-picking teams live and help transform their local areas with a proper spring clean.
Plus, there’s a fantastic prize for the top litter-picking school – an all-expenses-paid visit to a Sea Life Centre alongside Chris Packham to see some of the marine life you will have helped.
The pick up dates are on Friday, May 11; Saturday, May 12; and Sunday, May 13.
Barry Island in south Wales was so bad, residents called for the introduction of patrolling litter police with the power to hand out fines.
Rob Weaver said: ‘We need litter police with the power to fine, or remove people from the beach.’
Shane added: ‘If you’ve left any rubbish on the beach at Barry Island today then you should be ashamed of yourselves. Disgusting.’
At Botany Bay in Kent, bins were also left overflowing with trash.
One upset visitor said: ‘The price we pay for tourism.’ Others were upset by the state of nearby Margate beach, which was also left littered in plastic waste.
‘Margate beach looks f***ing disgusting with all people’s rubbish just left on it from the long weekend,’ one local Tweeted. ‘People wonder why and how we are killing our sea and the animals in and out of it. People need to grow up and take responsibility for what they are doing to it.’
Others lamented the amount of plastic left on Branksome Beach near Poole, Dorset, where hundreds of items of plastic were left following the weekend’s heatwave.
And Bournemouth beach was also badly affected, with many people even leaving their fold-up chairs in the shadow of the pier.
Dr Sue Kinsey, Senior Pollution Policy Officer at the Marine Conservation Society said: ‘It’s a shame that such a beautiful few days at the beach were spoiled by so much rubbish being left thoughtlessly behind.
‘These pictures highlight the need for urgent action on plastics including the introduction of a deposit return scheme for all sizes of containers – plastic, glass and metal, levies and charges on items such as cups and straws and banning of certain plastics altogether such as polystyrene and black plastic’.
Hugo Tagholm, chief executive of Surfers Against Sewage, added: ‘Sadly our beaches do often suffer after the influx of people during this hot weather.
Large amounts of rubbish was left in a park in Alexandra Palace (pictured), as papers, plastic bags, take away boxes and plastic bottles were scattered around
People were too lazy to take their rubbish home or even leave it next to one of the many bins in Southsea Common
Southsea Common near Portsmouth, Hampshire was littered with hundreds of plastic and glass bottles, many BBQ’s and general litter left from people having picnics and drinking alcohol
The whole common in Southsea was littered with hundreds of plastic and glass bottles, many BBQ’s and general litter left from people having picnics and drinking alcohol
Some residents, shocked by the appalling littering, have called for the introduction of a dedicated litter police to fine those flouting the rules. Pictured: Southsea Common near Portsmouth, Hampshire
‘Surfers against Sewage is always hugely disappointed to see the mess that can be left behind at some of these beaches.
‘People should be taking away their rubbish with them and disposing of it properly.
‘We work with tens of thousands of volunteers every year to clean up our beaches and so this is particularly frustrating to our volunteers, who are dedicated year round to the protection of the UK beaches for everyone to enjoy.’
A worker in Roundwood Park, North West London loads rubbish bags into his truck following the hottest May bank holiday weekend on record
Queens Park workers have their work cut out creating up the mess left behind by picnickers
A worker in Queens Park loads rubbish bags onto her truck on Tuesday morning