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Burnt trees and beer cans litter Gloucestershire beauty spot after ‘partying’ in the middle of the night

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Part of a nature reserve at a Gloucestershire landmark has been left damaged and littered, with beer cans and bottles left discarded by late night visitors.

Churchdown resident and nature lover Nigel Waterfield, 62, snapped photos of the state of Chosen Hill and blasted the ‘partying’ on social media.

He discovered the fire damaged tree after the bank holiday on Tuesday, May 26, and the following week he found abandoned bonfire and rubbish on Tuesday, June 2.

Mr Waterfield said: “Here is an image of an oak tree still smouldering after bank holiday partying upon Chosen Hill. One of a team of fire fighters stabilising the hazard that could have so easily developed into something that would have scared the hill [wildlife] for generations and killed off a lot of the flora and fauna that we so like to see!

“This irresponsible behaviour took the whole team of fire fighters approx 2 hours to neutralise the hazard – A big thank you to the fire service,” added the 62-year-old.

Jim Mason (C, Winchcombe), lead member for clean and green environment for Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: “Lighting fires and abandoning litter in the countryside is inexcusable.

“There are a number of really appalling repercussions, the main one being the risk to the safety of people and wildlife.