This is an archived press release
Wednesday 29 September 2004
29 September 2004
Kinder Scout clean-up act
A mass clean-up of Kinder Scout gathered more than 40 bin-bags of rubbish from its slopes.
The 2,000-foot summit is the most famous in the Peak District, attracting thousands of walkers each year - but too many leave more than their footprints when they depart.
Now, with many more wild areas opening up for walkers under the latest Countryside and Rights of Way Act, Peak District National Park rangers and National Trust wardens organised their own 67-strong clean team to go up the mountain collecting litter.
Starting from Edale, Hayfield and Fairholmes, volunteers came from the Ramblers Association (Derbyshire Dales and New Mills branches), Sheffield Campaign for Access to Moorland, Peak Park Countryside Volunteers, the Peak and Northern Footpath Society and Kinder Mountain Rescue Team.
A baby's potty and a chemical light stick were among the throwaways tipped in skips provided by High Peak Borough Council, along with silage wrap, baler twine, bottles, sweet-wrappers and the remains of countless picnics.
Hayfield area ranger Ian Hurst said: "I'd like to thank all the groups who took part - this was a special large-scale clean-up to cement links with our partners and volunteer organisations, and to help publicise the widening of access to open countryside.
"I was surprised at the amount of litter accumulated. I hope the sight of all those bags might have encouraged some walkers to be more responsible about disposing of litter - it's not only unsightly, it can injure animals and spread disease."