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Volunteers and rangers lead war on litter

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Volunteer rangers litter picking in woodland near the Valehouse lay-by on the A628 Woodhead roadRangers from the Peak District National Park joined forces with volunteers, schools and community groups for a Big Tidy Up.

The Ranger Service is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, a date it shares with the Keep Britain Tidy Group, and the two organisations linked up to mark the occasion by clearing as much litter as possible.

Rubbish from moving or parked vehicles is a growing problem on some of the main roads through the national park and this provided a focus for the work.

Volunteer rangers tackled the Longdendale and Holme Moss areas, with 22 bin bags of litter cleared from woodland and moorland close to Valehouse lay-by next to the Woodhead road and 10 bags from Audenshaw Clough.

Another team of volunteer rangers from Brunts Barn collected 32 bags of rubbish from the roadside verge reserves near Owler Bar, helping to protect an area identified as an important open habitat with a rich diversity of wild flowers, one of a few of its type left in the national park.

Ranger Tom Lewis, learning and discovery officer Chris Robinson and estate ranger  Bill Gordon spent a day cleaning up in the Burbage Valley and Stanage, with the help of 100 volunteers and students from Trent College.

Ranger Martin Winder and six volunteers cleared around 25kms of paths and tracks in the Macclesfield Forest and 24 pupils from Wincle CofE Primary School, in Cheshire, cleared litter at Danebridge.

In total, more than 100 sacks of rubbish were collected, helping to preserve important wildlife sites.

Bob Young, deputy area team manager for the Ranger Service, said: "It was good to support the Keep Britain Tidy Group with their national campaign and it was a great effort from our volunteers and rangers.

"Unfortunately, litter is an ongoing problem and this work is important to protect the national park and keep it looking at its very best. Can I remind all visitors and people travelling through the Peak District not to drop litter, take it home and get rid of it responsibly.''

This is an archived press release

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