Speaking at the 10 th Annual PURE Mile Awards at the Brooklodge Hotel, Wicklow TD
Andrew Doyle has recognised and praised the important, valuable and extensive work
achieved since the start of this project and he acknowledged the vast voluntary effort
which contributes to its ongoing success.
“I am delighted to present the awards for the 2019 Pure Mile initiative, which tackles the
issue of illegal dumping in our countryside and encourages communities and groups to
keep roads litter free as well as encouraging groups to research information about local
wild flowers, plants, trees, animals, built/cultural/social heritage, history and folklore of
“The PURE Project is a partnership project and is the first of its kind in Ireland which
incorporated statutory and non-statutory organisations. Launched in September 2006
and now enhancing and improving over 550 miles of road, mountains, forests,
woodlands, upland amenities and beaches it has proven to be a very successful model
with over 11,000 individual reports of dumping to date and some 3,300 tonnes of waste
removed from the landscape.
“There are over 80 community groups in Wicklow including primary schools, businesses,
cycling groups and organisations collectively working on this with an estimated 2500
volunteers involved in this year’s project.
“This is a phenomenal achievement, and one which Wicklow should be extremely proud
of. It shows what can be accomplished by collective community effort and resolve and I
would like to congratulate all involved for the last 10 years and hopefully their great work