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New litter picking kits help visitors to look after the Peak District National Park

Wednesday 15 September 2021

Litter picking along the Monsal TrailCaring visitors can help to look after the Peak District National Park by looking out for litter as they enjoy the stunning landscapes.

Litter picking kits can now be borrowed from two Peak District visitor centres. The kits - containing a picking guide, bags, a hi-vis jacket and a litter picker - are currently available from Castleton and Bakewell visitor centres on a free day-hire basis.

Kits have been funded by the Peak District National Park Authority, Peak District National Park Foundation and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).

The initiative is part of the Peak District Proud Ambassador scheme to encourage more people to appreciate and care for the national park.

Volunteer co-ordinator Rachel Mora-Bannon said: "The Peak District National Park is a fantastic landscape enjoyed by many, so much so that many people are keen to help in practical ways.

"So, we’ve been thinking of things people can do. Alongside welcoming people back to the Peak District after the challenges of Covid-19, we want to help everyone to understand and respect our national park.

"We know that many local people are already picking up litter and monitoring issues as they happen – and, of course, we urge people not to leave their litter behind in the first place. But we hope that our new initiative will encourage a fresh and positive attitude among our visitors and help to create a new and growing team of Peak District Proud Ambassadors.

"Please help us to look after this beautiful area and support those who live and work in the Peak District by keeping it tidy."

Litter picking kits can be booked online right now.

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