The Bog Trotters walking group removes more than 2,500 kg of waste from the highlands
The Pure Mile 2022 project is currently in full cleanup mode with over 800 miles of roads, mountains, forests, valleys, forests and upland amenities embraced by thousands of Pure Mile volunteers.
A recent litter pick-up and cleanup by the Bog Trotters Walking Group and the Pure Project from Cunard’s stunning scenic drive in the South Dublin Highlands resulted in over 2,500kg of rubbish being removed and dumped illegally.
The Cunard Road in the South Dublin Uplands is a unique landscape and environment attracting thousands of visitors each year. Although Pure has removed tons of illegal waste from this beautiful scenic landscape, they only have one truck and one driver, so they are unable to remove the small unsightly waste from the area. The Bog Trotters Walking Group litter collection and cleanup was a massive achievement and it makes a huge difference to the look of the South Dublin Highlands and Pure would like to congratulate all the Pure Mile volunteers involved. Pure is keen to engage with all types of groups and businesses interested in ‘cleaning up the South Dublin Highlands’ and they will help you in any way they can.
It should also be noted that Cunard Road in the Dublin South Highlands is environmentally significant and part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It is an area of both Irish and European importance and protected under the EU Habitats Directive as a Special Area of Conservation. The amount of trash and dumps encountered that day was both disgusting and disheartening. However, the enthusiasm, energy and commitment shown by those involved in the cleanup has been extremely encouraging.
The joint efforts of The Pure Project and the Bog Trotters Walking Group have eliminated over 2,500 kg of illegal dumping and waste. The Pure Truck focused on removing the largest dumped waste, which included mattresses, furniture, chairs, construction and demolition waste and other household waste, while Pure Mile volunteers roamed upland scenic drives by removing litter from roadsides – The majority of litter consisted of cans, bottles, wrappers and plastic, primarily located at viewpoints and rest stops, with no doubt cast there by people enjoying the scenic landscape and quiet beauty of the area.
A number of organizations and groups have already registered with the Pure Mile and groups are currently busy ‘cleaning up the South Dublin Uplands’ with car parks, amenity areas, upland roads, mountain trails, woods and forest entrances, in the process of being adopted. Several litter pick-ups/cleanups have been organized throughout the year and areas covered will include Glenasmole Road, Cunard Road, Piperstown Road, Glassamucky Road, Castle Kelly Road, Ballymorefinn, Kilakee Car Park, The White Road and all sections of the R115 Military. Road.
Brendan Giffney of the Bog Trotters Walking Group said;
‘The Bogtrotters are a small, friendly hiking club based in South County Dublin. We hike every weekend in the Dublin/Wicklow mountains. We are very lucky and grateful to have such beauty on our doorstep, but we are saddened and appalled by the amount of waste and landfills we regularly encounter. As a result, as a club we have decided to adopt areas that are part of the Pure Mile in the South Dublin Mountains and remove as much rubbish and rubbish as possible’
Pure provides all groups with Pure Mile signs, Pure Mile bags, Pure Mile hi-vis vests, litter collectors and gloves, and the Pure truck collects all litter and trash collected by the groups. All groups that register for the Pure Mile Project are invited to the Pure Mile Gala Evening Awards Night and all receive a certificate of participation, a selection of native Irish trees and all feature in the Pure Mile Calendar .
Pure is looking for groups, communities, individuals, schools, walking groups, cycling groups, running groups, scouts, businesses, organizations, EVERYONE, to get involved in the Pure Mile by adopting an upland area in the Dublin South Highlands. All groups that register will be included in the ‘Clean-Up The Uplands’ prize category and all have a chance to win €500.
Anyone interested in the Pure Mile competition can request an entry form and information pack by emailing [email protected] or it can be downloaded from http://www.pureproject.ie/ the-pure-mile/pure-mile-application-form/. You can also write to; Pure Project, Wicklow Mountains, National Park, Kilafin, Laragh, Bray, Co. Wicklow and they will post all the information or request an application form and information pack by telephoning 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.
Pure would also like to inform the public that the local telephone number for reporting illegal dumping in the Wicklow/Dublin Highlands has changed from 1850 365 121 to 1800 365 123.
Further information about Pure can be found at www.pureproject.ie – TO REPORT DUMPERS AND DUMPS IN THE SOUTHERN UPLANDS OF DUBLIN LOCAL CALL 1800 365 123