Shocking pictures show thousands of pieces of rubbish have been dumped on Woodhouse Moor after hordes of people descended onto the Leeds park to soak up the sun on Tuesday.
A huge clean-up is now underway after the crowds that congregated on the greenery left a jaw-dropping amount of litter behind.
Rubbish was seen piled high across the park, with many, opting to leave their waste behind rather than take it home or put it in a bin.
Pictures depict a mass of bottles, cardboard crate boxes, plastic bags, shards of glass, and general waste strewn across the field.
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A clean-up team from the council were seen at the park this morning – and will no doubt, be there for hours to come, as they attempt to pick-up the vast amount of rubbish.
A reporter for Leeds Live was at the scene and said there was “lots of smashed glass” scattered on the park where many residents walk their dogs.
He also noted that “air canisters” and remnants of “other substances” were also left on the green.
A sign posted by the council that hangs on one of the park trees in the park clearly states ‘No fires, no barbeques, no litter’ – a notice that was clearly ignored by crowds yesterday.
The mass rubbish dump comes the morning after hundreds of people flocked to Woodhouse Moor as temperatures reached 21 degrees.
Images showed a sea of people enjoying the sunshine – some bought barbecues, others had drinks and listened to music and some were having a game of football.
According to residents, the park had been busy since around 12pm, with droves of people still arriving at the park into the early evening.
The park, close to the main student hubs of the city, has caused controversy in lockdown with people often seen flocking to the moor in sunny weather.
In the wake of the crowds gathering at Woodhouse Moor, a spokesperson for Leeds City Council said: “Whilst recognising that people will be keen to meet up with friends and family in our parks and green spaces given the relaxation in some coronavirus restrictions this week.
“We are asking residents to still fully respect all of the guidance currently in place.
“This includes those rules relating to social distancing and gatherings.
“This is vitally important if we are to continue to protect the health and wellbeing of ourselves and others.
“It is important that those who have had a vaccination continue to follow the rules.
“The full impact of the vaccine on transmission of the virus is not yet known, therefore it may be possible to spread the virus, putting others at risk.”
“We hope our residents can enjoy the good weather and our amenities while still adhering to the guidelines.”