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Thursday, 27 September, 2001, 11:40 GMT 12:40 UK
Clean up for Sherwood dump
Dumped cars in Sherwood Forest
Hundreds of cars are dumped in Sherwood Forest
Part of Sherwood Forest labelled a "war zone" could be turned into an off-road biking haven.

There are fears for safety as hundreds of bikers meet illegally in the forest at weekends riding near walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

In the area are more than 100 burnt-out and rusting cars which foresters say are an eyesore and a health hazard.

Now environmentalists, the police and Nottinghamshire County Council have come together to sort out the problems.

It is like a war zone with burnt out cars and wrecks

Mark Crowley, forester
Part of the solution could see part of a working quarry turned into a legal biking zone.

Eakring Road, which leads to the dumping ground, could also be closed to bikes and cars.

Mark Crowley, a Forestry Commission forester at Sherwood, said: "It is a major problem. It is like a war zone with burnt out cars and wrecks.

"There is also fly-tipping with old beds, washing machines and rubble - you name it, it is there. It is a thoroughly unpleasant place.

Inspector Dave Shardlow
Dave Shardlow: Dumped car danger
"The eyesore is one problem, but the public health issue is more important.

"Some of the material that comes off the cars is pretty horrendous.

"The motorbikes are different. There is nuisance with the noise and dangers of them running into people or horses and causing accidents."

Inspector Dave Shardlow of Nottinghamshire police said the dumped cars were a danger.

"We think there is in excess of 100 to 120 vehicles in all and they're coming all the time."

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