The 2023 Pure Mile Awards Night will return to the The Brooklodge Hotel in Macreddin, Aughrim, on Thursday 26th of October.
The Pure Mile has long been a initiative that has brought communities together like never before, encouraging enviornmental action, team-building, the protection of heritage, and much more. The initiative encourages communities in rural areas to adopt a mile (or miles) of road and keep that area tidy of rubbish and litter.
It also encourages communities to reasearch information on their local habitats, including wildflowers, plants, trees, animals, and the builty cultural and social heritage of an area.
Ian Davis, Pure Project Manager commented: “This will be the 14th year of the Pure Mile, with the largest number of groups and volunteers involved in the project since it was established in 2009. The first year we had 5 miles of road, and this year, 14 years later, we have over 900 miles of road, mountains, woodlands, valleys, forestries, and upland amenities, with over 3,500 volunteers. The Pure Mile demonstrates that people want to make a difference to the environment, and Pure gives them the assistance, so they can make that difference. The Pure Mile Awards Night is Pure’s way of thanking all of the people involved in the Pure Mile, and it enables Pure Mile Groups to meet up all together for one night and one night only’.
On the awards night every group will receive a Pure Mile Certificate of Participation, a selection of native Irish trees, and all will be included in the popular Pure Mile Calendar, which will also be launched on the night. Certificates of Recognition will also be presented to a number of groups with €6,000 of prize money being handed out to the winning Pure Mile Groups and their volunteers.
The Pure Mile is the perfect opportunity for communities and groups who want to make a positive contribution to their locality and environment, and assists people in improving and enhancing the place they live in, or recreate in. Special interest groups such as, walking groups, cycling groups, running groups, hiking groups, businesses, and organisations, adopt a mile, or miles of road, in the Wicklow/Dublin Uplands and help Pure to ‘Clean Up The Wicklow/Dublin Uplands’. Pure provide all groups with Pure Mile signage, Pure Mile high-vis vests, Pure Mile bags, gloves, and litter pickers, and Pure also removes all of the rubbish collected by the groups.
If any groups, communities, individuals, schools, walking groups, cycling groups, scouts, businesses, ANYONE, want to get involved in next years Pure Mile, they can contact Pure at firstname.lastname@example.org or download an application here.
You can also write to; Pure Project, Unit 6 B, Riverside Business Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow, Y14 R978, and they will post out all the information, or request an application form and information pack by phoning Pure on 0402 28662.
Further information on Pure can be found on www.pureproject.ie.