Fury over 'dangerous' asbestos dumped in Notts wood

Asbestos found in Blidworth woodland.
Asbestos found in Blidworth woodland.

A walker has told of their anger to find asbestos has been left in a Nottinghamshire forest for weeks, despite appealing to authorities to remove it.

Chris Wharton told the Chad described the asbestos as a 'danger' and a major concern for local walkers coming to the woods.

Images by Chris Wharton.

Images by Chris Wharton.

He added: "I am having no luck requesting the Forestry Commission / Forest Enterprise England to immediately remove broken asbestos sheets dumped on their land at Blidworth Woods / Blidworth Bottoms car park.The dumped asbestos has been sitting there for two weeks and they cannot even give me a removal date.

"As you may be aware broken asbestos is extremely hazardous to one's health and the general public should never knowingly come into contact with it.

"I am very concerned for our local residents who use this beauty spot especially as it is in the car park area."

"We need to raise people's awareness of the danger down there before somebody breathes in the particles from this hazardous waste."

Chris provided these images of the site, in the woodland just south of Mansfield. Walkers are advised to exercise care when walking in the woods and not to approach the site.

A Forestry Commission spokeswoman said: “We understand the concern regarding the asbestos sheets that have been fly-tipped in Blidworth Bottoms Wood and we are working with specialist contractors to get this removed as quickly and as safely as possible.

"Due to the hazardous nature of asbestos we have to ensure that it is removed following all health and safety guidelines. Unfortunately this has taken a bit longer to organise than regular waste collection. We hope that the hazardous waste will be cleared by the end of this week.

"Any Chad readers who saw who disposed of this material please let us know. It costs thousands of pounds every year getting fly tipped rubbish removed.”