The site of last week's Glastonbury Festival near Pilton, Somerset has been left covered in rubbish as revellers began to desert Worthy Farm, leaving an estimated half a million sacks of debris in their wake.

Clean-up teams have been drafted in to clear the detritus of the five-day campsite, with poor weather and muddy conditions not making the job any easier.

Festival organisers urged campers not to leave discarded tents on the site, although they said they would take fully packed-up tents and food donations for charity – but many of the revellers opted to ignore this and left tents, food, clothes and other belongings lying around as they deserted the site.

Thousands of litter pickers were hard at work as cars left the site early on Monday (27 June 2016), many of which had to be pushed through the mud as drivers joined the queues of traffic exiting the festival.

Festival organiser and Worthy Farm owner Michael Eavis described it as the muddiest year the festival had ever had, telling the Daily Mail: "I've never seen mud like it in the whole life. This is worse than 1997.

"In my 46 years, it hasn't been as bad as this. Every single bit of woodchip in the south of England, all of it is here over 1,000 acres."

As well as old tents and the expected empty beer cans, wine bottles and food waste, the festival site was also strewn with discarded fold-up chairs, wristbands, clothing, blankets and blow-up mattresses.

However, some campers managed to adhere to the festival rules and leave not a trace of their being there – just as requested by site management.