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Vandalism at Louden Wood Stone Circle


Discovered on July 23, 2018

Today, making my first visit to Loudon Wood Stone Circle for five years, I was appalled to find the site desecrated by the remains of a campfire: in the centre of the monument's court were the blackened remains of the fire, complete with a huge pile of litter.

Whoever the thoughtless uneducated louts that perpetrated this atrocity were, there must have been quite a contingent of them judging by the quantiy of residue they left behind. This consisted of two disposable barbecues, numerous plastic bottles and wrappers (some still containing the remains of cold meat) and, worst of all, glass beer bottles, many of which had been smashed to pieces (presumably deliberately).

It is heartbreaking to see such an iconic, Historic Environment Scotland Scheduled Monument defaced in this way.

As I had visited on a very warm day, in shirtsleeves and without a rucksack or any other container with which to remove the detritus, I satisfied myself by carrying out the two largest items (the foil barbecues).

Can I appeal to anyone planning to visit Loudon Wood Stone Circle in the weeks ahead to equip themselves with a suitable container (such as a reusable supermarket shopping bag) to help clear the site. There is a bin at the White Cow Wood car-park where the contents may be deposited.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
23rd July 2018ce
Edited 23rd July 2018ce

Comments (10)

Will go round for a look and take plenty of bags. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
29th July 2018ce
Absolute scumbags. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
31st July 2018ce
Totally selfish, seen it all too often, assume it was remains of a solstice celebration
On a separate note, 'warm day, in shirtsleeves' and 'Louden Wood Stone Circle' seems the most improbable coupling, I couldn't even get out the van at White Cow Wood carpark for the driving freezing rain earlier in the year
Posted by costaexpress
6th August 2018ce
It's just been the most fantastic summer up here this year.
Most years we are lucky if the temperature reaches the mid 20's once: this year we have had weeks on end of temperatures in the 24-29 degree range.
Even today, with 'cooler' temperatures forecast, it is 25 degrees in the shade in my garden at 5 pm!
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
6th August 2018ce
Louden Wood is now totally clean and a lot of the surrounding area is as well. Myself and two of my pupils removed 4 black bags of broken glass, plastic bottles, plastic container things etc from Louden and another 6 from the surrounding area. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
8th August 2018ce
Well done to you and your pupils, Drew spencer Posted by spencer
8th August 2018ce
Fantastic effort Drew.
Many thanks for responding.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
9th August 2018ce
Brilliant, well done to you. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
9th August 2018ce
Indeed brilliant, heart warming even. Posted by costaexpress
10th August 2018ce
Cheers everybody, keep Grampian tidy :-) drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
12th August 2018ce
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