Removing over a TONNE of rubbish!

The team at Groundwork South Yorkshire partnered up with South Yorkshire Police, Woodlands Speaks and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to help clear away some of the rubbish that has been illegally dumped at Highfields Country Park.

This dedication and hard work resulted in the removal of over one metric tonne of rubbish from the site!

We caught up with Tom, an Assistant Ranger for Groundwork South Yorkshire.

What sorts of items did you find dumped at the site?

There was fly tipping as well as casual littering. We had couches, children's toys, nappies, TVs, a fridge in the lake, a motorbike helmet and lots more. Some of it had been there for years so it's really great that this team got together to do something about it.

What damage can the rubbish cause if it's not dealt with?

People won't visit the park if it's filthy and that's a real shame. The more people that use the park, the less chance you have of anti-social behaviour. Also, some household waste can actually spread disease. So it really benefits the local area to keep this area clean and tidy.

Why should people volunteer to help out?

It really gives people a sense of ownership over the local area. Not only that, but volunteering to do something good always makes you feel good! Getting out of the house and picking up litter is also a pretty good work-out!

Can we expect any more days like this?

Yes! We are going to be holding volunteer days every month. The next one will be on 21st July. 

Please email Tom at to find out about the latest volunteering opportunities.

Here are all the photos from the day:




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