Residents told not to dump garden waste in Gobions

Groundsman's complaint leads to council action


Fresh grass cuttings in the woods adjoining Gobions Open Space, May 2018 Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Fresh grass cuttings in the woods within Gobions Open Space, May 2018
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The parish council has written to residents whose gardens back on to Gobions Open Space asking them not to dump garden waste on council-owned property. The letters have been sent to residents in The Grove, Brookmans Park.

Picture of a Dead discarded xmas trees in the woods adjoinng Gobions Open Space, May 2018 Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Discarded xmas trees in the woods within Gobions Open Space, May 2018
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It follows a report to councillors from the groundsman that garden rubbish was being thrown into the field and woods from some of the gardens bordering the public area - (see aerial image from Google Maps below).

Screen grab image of Gobions Open Space, The Grove, and Jonas Way Imagery © 2018 Google, Map Data © 2018 Google - used according to Google's fair use policy
Screen grab image of Gobions Open Space, The Grove, and Jonas Way taken from Google Maps
Imagery © 2018 Google, Map Data © 2018 Google - used according to Google's fair use policy

The issue was raised at the North Mymms Parish Council’s Amenities Committee meeting in December last year and again in February this year as item 59 on the agenda (screen grab of item below).


Screen grab of council minute 59 about the tipping of garden waste in Gobions Open Space


But three months after it was decided to send the letters there is still evidence of recent tipping, as well as piles of decaying garden waste which has clearly been there for some time. Someone had even decided to make a proper job of their compost heap, so perhaps not all the letters got through.


Photograph of A well-cared for compost heap in the woods adjoining Gobions Open Space, May 2018 Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
A well cared for compost heap in the woods within Gobions Open Space, May 2018
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North Mymms News has approached North Mymms Parish Council for a comment and asked four questions.

  • What is going to happen to the piles of old garden waste on council-owned land?
  • What is the next step if people continue to ignore the request?
  • Will there be another mail shot in case the letters sent earlier were not received or read?
  • Is there a penalty for dumping garden waste on council-owned property?
The council's response will be published here once a reply is received.

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3 comments:

  1. For further information please read Lovers of Gobions Wood comments posted on Brookmans Park Newsletter

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    1. Hi, would you mind expanding here, please? It would be good to have any comments related to this piece visible in this thread. Thanks

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  2. Clearing up fallen leaves & branches is a major operation here in autumn/winter. For over 60 years years that I have lived here it has been common practice to return this unwanted material whence it came! This we think is fair and reasonable and it is certainly not thinkable to expect us to lug it to a already bulging brown bin at the roadside.
    It is now a question of debate whether the material returned to the wood is neatly stacked to compost or just scattered!
    Some comments/suggestions please? GP

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