Fourteen bags of human waste weighing 150 kg were collected from a green in Hythe as part of a major clean-up operation.

Defecation and urine were found next to dirty diapers and handkerchiefs both in the children’s play area and in the wooded part of the green, which is off Portland Road.

WARNING: some graphic images below

A major cleanup is underway at Hythe Green after human waste and fly dumps were left behind. Professional cleaners were also employed to help sanitize the area. Photo: Stephen Bailey

Hythe City Council employed professional cleaners to remove potentially hazardous and unpleasant waste, with DB Environmental spending two days on site to sanitize the area and make it safe.

In total, they collected 14 bags of human waste, weighing 150 kg, before taking them to a biohazardous waste disposal site.

The clean-up began on Tuesday and occurred when an unauthorized encampment left the land after council gave instructions to a lawyer.

The putting green, used for shoe fairs and community events, was also subjected to litter, damaged gates, fly tipping and scorched grass.

Volunteers and members of the Hythe Green Preservation Society (HGPS) and Litter Picking Watch Romney Marsh continue to work tirelessly to clean up the area, which is still closed to the public.

Human waste was left on children's play equipment.  Photo: DB Environment
Human waste was left on children’s play equipment. Photo: DB Environment
The area was closed during the cleanup.  Photo: DB Environment
The area was closed during the cleanup. Photo: DB Environment

A startup lounge was also canceled due to the condition of the site.

Stephen Bailey, HGPS member and owner of Stephen Bailey Landscapes, said: “A large amount of flies have been left behind. This includes logs and wood chips. There are areas of burnt ground.

“But the worst is probably the human waste that has been left in the playgrounds and in the woods.

“Professional cleaners said it was the worst they had ever seen.”

Photos show used fabrics among trees and items left on play equipment.

Mr Bailey continued: “On top of all that there was a lot of garbage.

Poop and dirty cloths were also found in the forest.  Photo: DB Environment
Poop and dirty cloths were also found in the forest. Photo: DB Environment
14 bags of human waste were disposed of.  Photo: DB Environment
14 bags of human waste were disposed of. Photo: DB Environment
Bird nests were found thrown to the ground.  Photo: Stephen Bailey
Bird nests were found thrown to the ground. Photo: Stephen Bailey
The ground was damaged by the fires.  Photo: Stephen Bailey
The ground was damaged by the fires. Photo: Stephen Bailey

“The cleaners were there for two days and the litter pickers are now on day four.

“We also had to secure the site. Everyone was so brilliant helping with the cleanup.”
Richard Bateman, President of HGPS, said: “While we are disgusted with the destruction, we have been encouraged by the people who have come together to help clean up the green.”

Other provisions are now added to the terrain to avoid any future problems. This includes adding trees and mounds of dirt so vehicles cannot be driven onto the green.

HGPS is also campaigning to create Hythe Green Wood and hopes to raise £ 6,500 for the project.

The ground was also damaged.  Photo: Stephen Bailey
The ground was also damaged. Photo: Stephen Bailey
Litter was also left on the green.  Photo: Eric Brown, Romney Marsh Waste Pickup Oversight
Litter was also left on the green. Photo: Eric Brown, overseeing Romney Marsh waste pickup

It would see 35 semi-mature native trees planted to help screen a plant and reduce the noise it makes, provide an improved environment for wildlife and also provide improved equipment to a public space.

To donate to the fundraiser, visit spacehive.com/hythegreenwood

Four birdhouses, which had been placed in trees earlier this year, have also been reported stolen from the same green.

There is also evidence that the nests inside the boxes were removed and thrown to the ground. A dead chick was also found nearby.

Signs and bollards were also taken.

A police spokesperson said: ‘Kent police were contacted at 12:15 p.m. on Friday 21 May and it was reported that bird nesting boxes, information signs and wooden posts had been stolen on land near Portland Road, Hythe.

“Officers are conducting initial investigations to establish the circumstances.”

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