Farmer pledges to stop spreading muck after Tring is overcome by stench

Manure heap.
Manure heap.

The farmer responsible for Tring’s unpleasant summertime pong has agreed to stop turning-in farmyard manure until the weather is cooler.

Householders have been left pinching their noses and shutting themselves indoors during soaring temperatures to avoid the town’s nasty stench.

Sharon Maxfield, who lives opposite the Icknield Way field where the muck was being spread, called in council environmental officials earlier this week.

She said: “It is absolutely gross.

“You can’t put the washing out because the washing then stinks of poo and I cannot sit in my garden.”

Dacorum Borough Council spokesman Sara Hamilton said: “Dacorum’s environmental health officer Tony Cawthorne has been in contact with the farmer who has ceased the turning-in and has said he will only do the other half of the field when the weather is cooler/rainy.”

The farmer was using farmyard clamped manure, which means it is covered and left to rot, and not human waste as first feared.