Tuesday 23 April 2019

Pure Mile is now closed for entries

Huge response to competition as over 280 miles are signed up

Rubbish collected in Barndarrig last month by Pure Mile volunteers.
Rubbish collected in Barndarrig last month by Pure Mile volunteers.

Myles Buchanan

Applications of interest for the 2019/2020 Pure Mile are now closed due to an unprecedented number of groups entering.

There are over 280 miles - consisting of roads, upland areas, mountains, valleys, woodlands and beaches - signed up to the project. Due to this high number, the project is unfortunately unable to accept anymore applications.

Ian Davis, Manager of Pure, said: 'The Pure Mile has been a great success and all credit goes to the numerous groups involved in the project. There are so many beautiful areas in county Wicklow and each one has something unique and interesting to offer. The groups that take part in the Pure Mile really make a difference to the areas they live in, or recreate in, and the amount of applications and interest this year has been amazing.'

The Pure Mile encourages communities and groups living in rural areas to adopt a mile, or miles of road, and work together to keep these areas litter and rubbish free. Groups also research information about their local wild flowers, plants, trees and animals. Other projects focus on the history and folklore or the built, cultural and social heritage of the area.

Mr Davis is currently meeting all of the groups involved in this years project and a huge number of litter picks, clean-ups, anti-dumping initiatives, heritage projects and special events have already taken place, with plenty more planned for the next couple of years.

All groups who enter the Pure Mile are invited to the Pure Mile Gala Event and will receive a Certificate of Participation, a selection of Native Irish Trees, and feature in the Pure Mile Calendar.

Wicklow People