Last weekend, I decided to make the most of the brief sunshine and head out for a wander around Milton Country Park.
When I arrived I was thrilled to see that people had turned up in their droves to enjoy the park over the weekend, there were families cycling, couples walking dogs and toddlers in brightly coloured wellies, it was nothing short of lovely.
However, I was shocked and saddened by the amount of litter lying around the park.
Perhaps I am oversensitive to these things (I blame A-level geography) but it seems to me, to be such a shame when places like this arent treated as they should be.
Areas of beauty and conservation, such as this one are so important, not only for our eco-system but as a place for families and locals to enjoy themselves.
Things to do with the family
Near enough every week I will write a story which references what a brilliant place it is and promotes it as one of the hidden gems our city has to offer, so I cannot fathom why people who visit it wouldnt want to look after it.
I find it unacceptable to leave an area looking as it did when information about the harmful effects of rubbish is so readily available.
It astounds me that around 94 per cent of people find litter to be a major environmental issue, yet still continue to do it.
Shockingly it wasnt actually the picnic and dining areas which were especially bad, but rather the places further off the beaten track.
The parts of the park which should arguably be the most serene and clean.
While walking around I met countless, randomly strewn bags of dog poo, sweet wrappers, plastic bottles, tin cans, even car mats (why?)
There were plastic bottles floating in the lake, which is not only harmful to wading birds but also hazardous and not to mention massively unpleasant for people who use the area for water sports.
To add insult to injury, there are plenty of bins and recycling points dotted regularly around the site.
To not dispose of your rubbish properly is sheer laziness and nothing more.
Research shows that once the litter is on the ground, it, in turn, attracts more.
We wouldnt stand for it on our streets or outside our homes, so why should we allow it to get so bad here?
In the coming months, Milton Country Park is set to become bigger and even better with the unveiling of a new play park as well as improvements being made to the drainage system in the mud-prone play area.
This means the park will become an even more valuable amenity for the city and surrounding areas.
So I implore you, to just pick up your rubbish and put it in the bin.