Shocking images show piles of rubbish dumped in a Swansea graveyard.
Babell Graveyard on Carmarthen Road in Cwmbwrla has been a target for fly-tipping for years, according to one worker at the graveyard, which is privately owned.
And among the recent discoveries have been empty cans, needles, a burnt bike and even the bodies of two dogs.
The Babell Graveyard’s project website says that since Babell Chapel was demolished and the graveyard deconsecrated, it’s been neglected and overgrown and become a site for fly-tipping and a venue for anti-social behaviour.
The current condition makes many of the graves inaccessible to relatives wishing to pay their respects.
Jo Mullett started working at the graveyard as a knotweed specialist before taking up the role as a project officer where she has been working for nearly two years.
She claims that the rubbish has been at the site for years.
“A lot of the rubbish is old. It’s a mess. The site looks neglected, its always been a problem. Most of the people are volunteers who work here and there are only a few of us.
“The people who are fly tipping have no respect, I just don’t understand why people do it, it’s really frustrating,” she said.
Ms Mullett always tries to remove the rubbish but some has to be left due to the weight and size of the items.
She added: “We have to try and get rid of it. We have had a burnt out bike, two dead dogs in bags, vodka bottles, cans, old mattress, sofa, toilet, televisions – we shouldn’t have to deal with it.
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“We have also found needles but we have got rid of them, no one should have to pick up someone else’s litter.
“Most peoples reactions are that they are amazed by the mess and a lot of people don’t realise what it looks like.
“But they appreciate the hard work going on. There’s over 3000 people buried here and around 1000 graves, the odd person visits but its getting harder for them to access the area.
“We are hoping that more people in the community can volunteer and help us.”