Locals in the village that inspired one of Britain’s most famous painters say the area is being destroyed by hordes of tourists.
Residents of Dedham Vale say picturesque landscapes once depicted in 200-year-old works of art in the National Gallery are now littered with garbage.
Photos show piles of trash around trash cans and on fences, with bottles, plastic bags and boxes spilling onto the pavement.
Crowds flock to the village to photograph the paintings of John Constable, who died in 1837 at the age of 60.
Residents say the town, also known as Constable Country, is flooded with cellphone-wielding tourists trying to snap the perfect picture. Social media.
Local Charles Clover said the area is now also “a”.Bournemouth The beach also saw masses with kayaks and paddleboards.
An environmental journalist and author said: BBC“We welcome tourists, but there are places where they don’t behave very well.
“In the social media age, just putting Dedham in a search engine will focus people’s attention on one area, and that’s the problem.
“It’s not a beach at all, it’s a farmer’s field with sidewalks.
“It’s great, but a large group of families with obstacles and paddleboards has arrived at what’s known on social media as Dedham Beach.”
Kevin Pincher, who runs the Dedham Center tearoom, echoes Charles’ concerns.
“We have a lot of tourists, they come by the river and they bring all their picnic stuff, but they don’t really come down the main street to the center of the village.
“They blow up Lilo and stay there with kayaks and paddleboards.
“I want them to take their trash home and come to the village and see the churches and other businesses Dedham has to offer.
“It would be nice to have footprints, but they have to be managed properly.”
About 2,000 people live in the village, but it is believed to attract more than 6 million tourists in the summer.
Locals are now calling for action to protect their small town.
Tom West, who runs a Marlborough pub in the village, said visitors affect every aspect of village life, including parking.
He said the summer influx was “unsustainable”.
It is not uncommon for villagers to think that tourists are ruining their town.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/22343634/pretty-village-inspired-uk-famous-painter-ruined-tourists/ I live in the beautiful village that inspired one of England’s most famous painters – the area is being destroyed by hordes of tourists