The Meadows: Video shows aftermath of sunny weather as Edinburgh beauty spot strewn with litter

The Meadows was left with litter strewn all over it following the sunny weather on Wednesday.

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 8:59 am
Updated Thursday, 25th June 2020, 9:53 am

Edinburgh residents have expressed outrage as vast quantities of rubbish was dumped on The Meadows after the city enjoyed one of the hottest days of the year so far on Wednesday.

This morning-after video, from our Edinburgh Crime and Breaking Incidents Facebook group, shows litter across the green space, the result of sunbathers and revellers neglecting to pick up their own trash yesterday.

Edinburgh based author Ian Rankin posted pictures of the mess on twitter this morning, which drew comments from radio star Boogie and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, who said: “Ridiculous - so selfish - drives me nuts.”

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Edinburgh Council retweeted Rankin’s later post that showed council workers cleaning the area, saying: “Our teams have been out since first thing cleaning up the parks - please help them by binning your litter or taking it home!”

This comes two days after Council leader Adam McVey called litter across Edinburgh’s parks and green spaces “extremely disappointing” adding: “The warm spell over the weekend and entering the next phase of the Scottish Government’s route map understandably made our parks, beaches and green spaces attractive places to visit.

“ While we all want to make the most of the great outdoors safely, it’s important that everyone continues to follow national guidance, stays within the law and is mindful of our shared responsibility to keep Edinburgh clean and tidy – for all our benefit.

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“Our parks are not rubbish dumps, nor are they urinals.”

Wednesday saw highs of 26 degrees with even higher temperatures set for Thursday before the thunder and lightning weather warning hits the East coast on Friday.

Met Office meteorologist John Griffiths said the hottest place in Scotland on Wednesday was Charterhall in Berwickshire at 26.9C but a high of 26.2C was also recorded at Gogarbank and 26.1C at the Royal Botanic Garden.

Mr Griffiths said the mercury will likely hit 29c across Edinburgh and parts of the Lothians on Thursday, and that it could be even hotter in Glasgow.

He said: "We could quite easily see 30c in Glasgow on Thursday. This is fairly unusual and not a million miles off the June record for Scotland, which was recorded on June 18th, 1893 as 32.2c. But it's unlikely we will see this tomorrow."

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