The 2019 Pure Mile Project has attracted a huge number of communities, groups, individuals, organisations, businesses, scouts, walking groups and cycling clubs, and all are extremely busy Cleaning-Up The Uplands, with over 300 miles of road, mountains, valleys, woodlands and forestries, being adopted this year.
Recent cleanups have resulted in the removal of tonnes of illegal dumping and litter from the Wicklow/Dublin Uplands, with over 70 groups now involved in this years project, and over 1,000 volunteers assisting Pure to clean up the Garden of Ireland.
A new group to the Pure Mile, The Dunlavin Pure Mile, who have adopted over 25 miles of road in their immediate area, had their first community litter pick/clean up recently, with the removal of over 300 bags of rubbish from the local landscape.
A member of the Dunlavin Pure Mile, Aisling Grace, commented that, ‘The turnout of volunteers on the day surpassed all expectations and the volume of litter collected by the group was astonishing. The Pure Mile cleanup day has made all involved look more closely at their immediate environment and spot the changes that can be made relatively easily to improve Dunlavin as a place to live, work and visit’.
Another feature of the Pure Mile, which was highlighted by the group, was the community spirit. While Aisling acknowledged that the task of collecting refuse may not be the most attractive, the positive atmosphere and comradery that was evident on the day was a wonderful by-product of the Pure Mile. People noted that the community spirit, and neighbourly friendships, grew at the same rate as the pile of blue Pure Mile Bags did.
Other recent Pure Mile Cleanups have included Stratford On Slaney Pure Miles, Grangecon Pure Miles, The Snugborough Pure Miles, Deerpark Pure Miles, The Beech Road Pure Miles, The Avoca Scouts, Avoca Kilmagig Pure Miles, Coolbeg Beehive Pure Miles, Newtown Scouts, Barndarrig Pure Miles, Rednagh Aughrim Pure Miles, Reservoir Cogs Pure Miles, Rathmoon Baltinglass Pure Miles, Ballinabarney Pure Miles, Tinoran Pure Miles, Ballysheeman Pure Miles, Glenmalure Pure Miles, Johnstown Road, Johnstown Beach Pure Miles, and many, many, more.
Ian Davis, Manager of Pure, commented.
‘The Pure Mile has grown from strength to strength every year. I received an unprecedented number of entries this year, and groups are already signing up for next year’s project. The number of cleanups already this year has been amazing, with tonnes of litter and rubbish being removed from the Wicklow roads. The commitment of the Pure Mile groups demonstrate that the majority of people do care about their environment. All of the Pure Mile groups make a huge difference to the appearance of the Wicklow/Dublin uplands, and I would like to congratulate and thank all the people involved.’
More cleanups and events have been organised by the numerous Pure Mile groups with Pure supplying all groups with Pure Mile bags, litter pickers, gloves, Pure Mile high-vis jackets, and the Pure Truck removes all of rubbish gathered by groups.
All groups who enter the project are invited to the Pure Mile Gala Evening, and all receive a Certificate of Participation, a selection of Native Irish Trees, and all groups are included in the Pure Mile Calendar.
Further information on Pure can be found on www.pureproject.ie
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