Sadness at plastic in lake at ‘beautiful’ Littlehampton park

Two friends have expressed their sadness at plastic and litter in Mewsbrook Park.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 5:07 pm
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 5:08 pm

Carole Minto and Kim Brown go for a walk in the park every day, but said they were particularly saddened to see crisp packets, Easter egg boxes and other litter surrounding a mother coot and her nest.

“The lake and surrounding area is so beautiful and well managed but us as individuals need to take more responsibility for where our litter ends up,” said Kim, 57.

“This is not meant as a criticism of the park in any way but as we noticed this on International Earth Day on April 22, it was particularly poignant for us both.”

Plastic surrounding the mother coot’s nest in Mewsbrook Park. Picture by Carole Minto

Carole, who lives in West Head, has been going to Mewsbrook Park since she was a child. “This beautiful park has brought so much pleasure to so many,” said the 64-year-old. “But seeing all that plastic in this mother coot’s nest was so sad.”

In response, a spokesman for Arun District Council said: “It is always so upsetting to see the effects of pollution on our environment and disappointing that we still need to share reminders about disposing of rubbish properly.

“Our parks and greenspaces team, along with the Friends of Mewsbrook Park volunteers, work hard to ensure the park is as clear from rubbish and pollution as possible.”

Plastic surrounding the mother coot’s nest in Mewsbrook Park. Picture by Carole Minto