This is an archived press release
Tuesday 29 April 2014
More than 50 big-hearted volunteers took up the rubbish idea of collecting other people's litter in the Peak District National Park.
And as a reward for filling four trucks full of trash from three different sites, they enjoyed a free go at climbing, high ropes or abseiling with professional supervision.
The "Pick and Play" event was organised by the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers and Castleton-based outdoor activity company Peak Mountaineering.
Dave Cramp, who co-ordinates the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers, explained: "Peak Mountaineering contacted us to say they'd like to put something back into the national park and they'd particularly like to help clear up litter.
"So we organised a litter pick in the morning at Burbage Plantation, Tideswell Dale and Pindale near Castleton, and in the afternoon Peak Mountaineering instructors generously put on free taster sessions for the volunteers, supported by the Hollowford Outdoor Education Centre in Castleton. Those that didn't want to climb or swing on ropes could go on a free guided walk with a National Park Ranger.
"It was a real treat for all the hard work the volunteers had put in. We've had some great feedback from everyone involved. People were asking if we plan to do it again, and yes, with Peak Mountaineering's support we hope to 'Pick and Play' again next year.
"But we'd far rather this exercise wasn't necessary. Our message is always: please take your rubbish home to protect the wildlife and beauty of the Peak District National Park. Don't expect other people to clear up after you."
Among the rubbish they collected were old tyres, a TV, a duvet, tarpaulin shelters and a multitude of cans, bottles and food-wrappers.