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Devil's Dyke rave clear-up begins

The Argus: Devil's Dyke rave clear-up begins Devil's Dyke rave clear-up begins

The clean-up has begun after thousands of revellers flocked to a countryside rave that has left “years of damage”.

Volunteers worked on the National Trust land at Devil’s Dyke yesterday morning to help clear the site which hosted an illegal rave over the bank holiday weekend.

More than 2,000 ravers attended leaving rubbish, including smashed bottles, beer cases, clothing and gas canisters strewn across the site after they partied for more than 24 hours.Volunteers helped to clear about 250 bags of waste from the site, which was taken away by Mid Sussex District Council.

Charlie Cain, head ranger of the Devil’s Dyke estate, said: “We have had about a hundred people helping us and we would like to offer our sincerest thanks to everyone who came.”

He said the beauty spot will take five to ten years to recover and warned of untold damage may have been done to the habitat.

Mr Cain added: “The grass will be green in a couple weeks but that doesn’t mean it will be as ecologically interested as it once was.”

He said in some places on the chalk grasslands there are fifty species of plants per square metre and that biologist David Bellamy called them Britain’s tropical rainforest due to the concentration of animal species.

Mr Cain said: “There is broken glass all over the downs that is going to causing problems for years.”

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6:54am Thu 29 May 14

We love Red Billy says...

You mean to say that all those nice green voters did not take their rubbish home with them? Qelle surprise.
You mean to say that all those nice green voters did not take their rubbish home with them? Qelle surprise. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 16

6:54am Thu 29 May 14

Martin999 says...

That's the sort of job I would like to do, clearing up peoples ****. If only there was a way I could get up there in my wheelchair. Well done to the volunteers.
That's the sort of job I would like to do, clearing up peoples ****. If only there was a way I could get up there in my wheelchair. Well done to the volunteers. Martin999
  • Score: 5

7:22am Thu 29 May 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

One poster on here at the weekend said the average age of the ravers was 18-25, so where are these youngsters?
Back home with mummy and daddy and getting their grandparents out wiping their backsides as usual.
One poster on here at the weekend said the average age of the ravers was 18-25, so where are these youngsters? Back home with mummy and daddy and getting their grandparents out wiping their backsides as usual. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 11

4:35pm Thu 29 May 14

Sir Prised says...

As usual there's few consequences for anti-social behaviour in this country, in fact you're more likely to get assistance. We have created an age of perverse incentives, where the responsible are penalised and the irresponsible tolerated, even assisted, which is why such abuses are just getting worse and costing the law-abiding ever more money.
As usual there's few consequences for anti-social behaviour in this country, in fact you're more likely to get assistance. We have created an age of perverse incentives, where the responsible are penalised and the irresponsible tolerated, even assisted, which is why such abuses are just getting worse and costing the law-abiding ever more money. Sir Prised
  • Score: 3

9:41am Fri 30 May 14

Darcstar says...

In the 1990's we used to clear up everything when we raved in the nature.. people would even pick up cigarette butts afterwards.
The problem nowadays stems from disassociative low quality drugs and the extra's like Noz / Beer... People are not as connected to nature and ' loved up ' as the original 'E' taking , water drinking, ravers were ( Before Mitsubishi's & Ketamine ruined people's attitude ) . It is also the Sound Systems responsibility at the end of the session to clear up what is not cleared up. They should leave it as it is found.
Leave nothing but footprints....
In the 1990's we used to clear up everything when we raved in the nature.. people would even pick up cigarette butts afterwards. The problem nowadays stems from disassociative low quality drugs and the extra's like Noz / Beer... People are not as connected to nature and ' loved up ' as the original 'E' taking , water drinking, ravers were ( Before Mitsubishi's & Ketamine ruined people's attitude ) . It is also the Sound Systems responsibility at the end of the session to clear up what is not cleared up. They should leave it as it is found. Leave nothing but footprints.... Darcstar
  • Score: 4

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