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WATCH: Drone footage shows devastation over Cannock Chase after series of fires

By Harriet Evans | Cannock Chase | News | Published: | Last Updated:

Aerial footage of Cannock Chase has revealed the impact of the devastation caused by a number of fires in recent weeks.

Drone footage shows the damage caused to areas of Cannock Chase by recent fires (Pic: @StaffsFire)

The Staffordshire beauty spot has been affected by several fires during the coronavirus lockdown, with crews being called to more than 20 deliberate incidents.

Scorched earth and burned remains of trees is all that remains in some areas of the woodland space which was scorched by flames.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have released new drone footage ahead of another sunny weekend to remind people to be considerate if they are planning to visit Cannock Chase.

Chase Road, leading to the park, has been closed off this weekend until further notice due to the extreme fire risk.

Car parks at Coppice Hill, Chase Vista and Chase Road Corner are also shut.

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A Staffordshire County Council spokesperson said: "Chase Road at Cannock Chase is closing this weekend until further notice due to extreme fire risk nearby.

"If you visit the Chase do not light fires, use BBQs or dispose of matches and cigarettes carelessly: it's dry and irreplaceable habitats are at risk, including ancient oaks."

Police have issued a reminder to visitors to refrain from having barbecues, dropping cigarettes and littering.

Staffordshire Police have expressed their disappointment at the amount of litter being left at Cannock Chase with people flocking to the country park to enjoy the warm weather.

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As lockdown restrictions have been eased, more and more people have been visiting green spaces across the Black Country and Staffordshire which has seen an increase in littering.

In a tweet, the Rural Wildlife Crime force said: "I am very disappointed at the amount of litter being left at Marquis Drive, Cannock Chase over recent weeks.

"Tonight some of those responsible have been reported for summons.

"Litter can cause serious injury or death to wildlife."

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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