The 2017 PURE Mile Competition is full clean-up mode right now with over 130 miles of road being adopted by a variety of groups and communities.
A recent litter pick by the Glencree Walking Group in the beautiful scenic Wicklow/Dublin uplands, all the way from Kilakee Car Park in South Dublin to the Sally Gap Cross Roads in Wicklow, resulted in the removal of over 150 bags of rubbish.
Ian Davis, PURE Project Manager commented.
‘The Wicklow/Dublin Uplands is a unique landscape and environment attracting thousands of visitors annually. Although PURE remove tonnes of illegal dumping from this beautiful scenic landscape, we only have one truck and one driver, so we cannot remove the unsightly small scale litter from the area. The Glencree Walking Group clean-up was a massive achievement and it makes a huge difference to the appearance of the Wicklow/Dublin uplands and I would like to congratulate all the people involved. PURE want to engage with all types of groups and businesses who are interested in ‘Cleaning-Up The Uplands’ and we will assist in any way we can.’
The joint efforts of The PURE Project and Glencree Walking Group resulted in the removal of over 3 tonnes of illegal dumping on the day. The PURE truck concentrated on removing the larger dumped rubbish, which included mattresses, chairs, and other household waste, while the group walked the 10 miles of scenic upland road filling over 150 bags of litter from the road verges.
PURE are looking for groups, communities, individuals, schools, walking groups, cycling groups, scouts, businesses, EVERYONE, to get involved in the PURE Mile by adopting an upland area and doing a litter pick to ‘Clean-Up The Uplands’. All groups who enter will be included in the ‘Clean-Up The Uplands’ Award category and are in with a chance of winning €500.
A number of organisations and groups have already enlisted in this PURE Mile category and are currently busy Cleaning Up The Uplands, with Car Parks, Upland Roads, Mountain Trails, Forest Entrances, being adopted. Several litter picks / cleanups have already taking place this year with more organised for the future.
Joe McNamara of The Glencree Walking Group stated;
‘Our group regularly walk in Wicklow/Dublin Uplands and we were appalled by the amount of litter dumped in the area, which is mainly thrown out of cars. We previously contacted PURE regarding illegal dumping and they have always responded in a positive manner and removed the dumping quickly. Working with the PURE Mile, and by adopting this stretch of road, and doing this cleanup, it’s our way of keeping the uplands pure and clean, the way it should be.’
PURE supply all groups with bags, litter pickers and gloves, and they will also collect all of rubbish gathered by groups.
All groups who enter the competition are invited to the PURE Mile Awards Night, and all will receive a Certificate of Participation, a selection of Native Irish Trees, and all will feature in the PURE Mile Calendar.
Anyone interested in the 2017 PURE Mile competition can request an application form and information pack by emailing [email protected] or it can be downloaded from www.pureproject.ie/what-we-do/the-pure-mile/. You can also write to; PURE Project, Wicklow Mountains, National Park, Kilafin, Laragh, Bray, Co. Wicklow and they will post out all the information or request an application form and information pack by phoning PURE on 0404 45547.
To enter, simply put your name and contact details on an application form and the PURE Project Manager will meet you and ‘Walk the Mile’ with you.
Further information on PURE can be found on www.pureproject.ie
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