Church tower collects 2 tonnes of pigeon poo

WEIGHTY PROBLEM: Heliga Trefaldighets Kyrka.
WEIGHTY PROBLEM: Heliga Trefaldighets Kyrka.

A hatch on a Swedish church tower inadvertently left open for some three decades resulted in 2 tonnes of pigeon droppings amassing in the tower.

The church's property manager says the layer of droppings was 30 centimetres deep when it was discovered during a May inspection of the Heliga Trefaldighets Kyrka in Gavle, 170 kilometers north of Stockholm.

Lennart Helzenius said on Thursday (local time) that church staff had been shocked by the sheer number of bags of excrement cleaners were removing from the tower. He says the droppings filled 80 bags in the first round of cleaning, and then just as many in the second round.

Helzenius says the hatch had probably been left open since the 1980s.