A PICTURESQUE area of downland has been left as an eyesore by tobogganists enjoying last week’s snow.
Goodwood Hill was left littered with sledges, planks of wood and plastic bags after a number of people used the idyllic spot as a toboggan run and left without taking their rubbish.
The Goodwood Estate is responsible for about 11,500 acres, including the hill.
Estate workers aim to protect and maintain the landscape while encouraging sustainable activity on the land
However, the litter left by the revellers posed a significant threat to wildlife in the area.
Helen Ball, sustainability and social responsibility manager for the RSPCA, is urging people to think about what they are leaving behind.
“What makes this issue so frustrating is that it is just so avoidable,” said Helen.
“Animals are dying or being really badly hurt, just because people can’t wait until they get to a bin.
“The message here really is stark but simple – litter is lethal.
“All it takes is for people to throw rubbish away properly for such needless destruction to stop.”
Although there are no open access areas at Goodwood, in 1992 the Duke granted permission for the land to be opened to members of the public for their enjoyment.