Volunteers achieve Peak of perfection

Children from Castleton celebrate after collecting 100kg of rubbish on litter pick
Children from Castleton celebrate after collecting 100kg of rubbish on litter pick
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Environmental enthusiasts have cleaned up 100 kilos of rubbish blighting the beautiful Peak District National Park.

In total 47 adults and children were so keen to make a difference that they were even willing to pay to take part in the clean-up, to cover the cost of cleaning equipment, food and drink.

The event, organised by Envirotrek, took place on Sunday when 25 bags full of rubbish was collected from hills around the Hope Valley.

Joanna Wissink, Envirotrek manager, said: “It was the first of eight events of the Envirotrek Clean Up Series taking place across Europe this summer.

“Three different groups, accompanied by conservation volunteers, went out in search of rubbish and much was collected. All sort of things were found - tent poles, a fork stuck in a tree, pottery, empty bottles and a lot of portable barbecues.”

The volunteers involved in the operation included members of Peak Mountaineering, Peak District Tourist Information, the Hollowford centre and the Hitch ‘n’ Hike store at Bamford.

Awards were given out to the finder of the most original piece of rubbish, who won a pair of hiking shoes.

And the most enthusiastic searcher was given a ‘Respect the Mountains’ necklace.

In the afternoon, litter pickers - who paid fees of £9 per adult or £4.50 for children to take part - could try climbing, caving, a walk or a high ropes course as a reward.