Wicklow Uplands Council seek volunteers for litter pick at Sally Gap

Wicklow Uplands Council is organising a litter pick event along a 7km stretch of the Sally Gap on the evening of Tuesday the 16th April.

The event is being organised in as part of the Pure Mile Competition and the An Taisce National Spring Clean, which happens nationwide through the month of April.

The route through the Wicklow Mountains National Park, will begin at Kippure Adventure Centre and head along the Sally Gap Road (R759) adjacent to the Coronation Plantation as far as the well-known Sally Gap crossroads. To cover this distance, the group will break up into smaller teams with a mini-bus picking up and collecting along the route.

All volunteers are welcome and should meet at 5.45pm at the Kippure Adventure Centre. Given the changeable weather conditions, volunteers are requested to dress appropriately and if possible to also bring a pair of gloves. All collection bags and litter pickers will be provided. Refreshments will be provided afterwards in the Kippure Adventure Centre.

Speaking in advance of the event, Brian Dunne, Coordinator of Wicklow Uplands Council shared,

“The Sally Gap is important not only as a route across the Wicklow Mountains, but as one of the great natural assets that this region has to offer to its many visitors and for the communities that work and reside in the area”.

“This litter pick event has been organised to ensure that its kept in the pristine condition it deserves to be found in and all volunteers and support is warmly welcome”.

The Sally Gap is world renowned for its spectacular views of peaks, glacier valleys, blanket bogs and cascading rivers and attracts considerable numbers of visitors keen to experience some of its beauty. Unfortunately, the Wicklow Uplands’ suffers from incidents of illegal dumping and littering, causing serious challenges to its unique habitat and biodiversity and to the communities that reside and visit there.

The Pure Project was set up as a regional initiative to address this issue and plays a pivotal role in raising awareness and tackling illegal dumping and fly-tipping throughout the Wicklow and Dublin uplands. The Pure Mile competition, which seeks communities and special interest groups to adopt and enhance a stretch of road or other settings, is one of its huge success stories; with 2019 likely to see its highest number of participants.

Pure Project Manager, Ian Davis also shared,

“The Pure Project promotes and supports groups such as walking, cycling, scouting or local businesses and organisations getting involved with clean ups throughout the uplands region”

“Wicklow Upland Council’s upcoming litter pick will make a notable difference to the appearance of the Sally Gap, a highly visited tourist route and I congratulate in advance, all of the volunteers involved.”

For further details on the event, please contact Brian Dunne at bdunne@wicklowuplands.ie.

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