Why do we leave such a Mess behind us?

Yesterday I had a great walk by the River Thames near Henley and could not believe the rubbish that was left by the river after a warm weekend. How do we leave places of such beauty in a mess? The river walk and the Meadows is enjoyed and can be a place of great peace even though it is used by so many. Why do we treat the places we love so badly? I am spoiled to have a such freedom to peace and solitude in wonderful Scotland and can enjoy the space and peace that so many take for granted. It is a wake up call for me not to take my life for granted.

I love the river and the wildlife is incredible I took the dog for a walk a bit away from the crowds and we were privileged to watch a huge Heron – so graceful in flight nearby . It,s massive wingspan and power wonderful to watch. Life by the river is interesting with the ducks , Swans and other wildlife reminding me of what a varied world we live in. It is great to watch the rowers on the river they have such elegance in the river and such dedication to a sport. Rowers of all ages use the river and the pathways are busy with walkers, Henley mothers running with prams trying to keep fit, dog walkers and walkers dressed for the hills with rucksack and walking poles all enjoying the fresh air. Everyone fighting for space but making the best of a busy place. What would they think of the places I have access to where I rarely see anyone all day. I have the mighty Spey on my doorstep and hardly know it note to myself must investigate the Spey .


It is amazing being down South it feels so warm no cold wind and so busy – people everywhere but so magic to spend a bit of time with family. Life is so simple for a 3-year-old – they have such a changing world ahead of them – I wonder what kind of world we will leave for them ?

A really good article in the Herald Scotland well worth a read



“The truth is, we can build a great many things – roads and cities and technological wonders – but we cannot build wilderness. And this one small country, on this one habitable planet, is all we’ve got.!


About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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9 Responses to Why do we leave such a Mess behind us?

  1. Ian Rideout says:

    I am doing the Moray Way later in the year, dates to be decided, which includes the Moray Coast Path to Spey Bay, Speyside Way to Grantown and Dava Way back to Forres. 95 miles in total to raise money for charity. Planning to do the whole thing in 5 or maybe 6 days and really looking forward to strolling along the Spey. Join me on any bit of the Speyside Way and get to know it better. In planning stage just now and in conversations with a couple of charities close to my heart. A bit different from climbing the Eiger for charity, which I did back in 1988, but sadly age does not come alone, so those days are over!!!


  2. David Steane says:

    Hi Dave,
    I thought the piece by Susan Wright in The Herald was excellent. And in my own campaign against windfarms I’ve pushed the link to it around folk where I work – every little helps 🙂
    To associate John Muir with the Scottish Government’s campaign to encourage us outdoors in this ‘Year of Natural Scotland’, while we industrialise the very type of landscape John spent his lifetime trying to stop being industrialsed, is perverse to say the least. John would be distraught.
    As you’ll know, he showed President Roosevelt around Yosemite and they camped under the stars in that magnificent landscape. It helped formulate the idea of conserving wilderness in the President’s mind. Maybe you should take ‘Eck into Shenaval…


  3. heavywhalley says:

    I doubt if he would manage the walk in, what a sad affair in the Year of Natural Scotland.

    Keep fighting.


  4. Sid Harding says:

    Hi Dave, glad you are enjoying the fine scenery around Henley, a great place but as you say very busy, it is not all bad in England is it? Read that article in The Herald Scotland, truly right on the nail, in fact I was so impress I have downloaded it. Hope your car was not too offended getting a ticket, I got a few in that area when I was stationed at Benson. Will be glad to read you are back in Scotland safe and sound soon.
    Be missing your golf skills at Boat of Garten next week.


  5. You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be really something which I believe I’d never understand. It kind of feels too complex and very huge for me. I’m looking forward on your next put up, I’ll attempt to get the grasp of it!


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