People are urged to join a two-day litter pick in the Lake District after reports of campers and visitors leaving rubbish strewn across the landscape.
The Lake District National Park Authority and conservation charity Friends of the Lake District have organised the Great Cumbrian Litter Pick on Saturday 15th August and Sunday 16th August.
Ruth Kirk, landscape engagement officer for Friends of the Lake District, said: “The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick was due to take place in March but had to be postponed as lockdown came into effect.
“As the countryside has opened up, many people have been benefitting from the positive effects of our spectacular Cumbrian landscapes on their mental and physical health. And that’s great.
“Sadly, as we are all too aware, a minority of people have been, what can only be described as ‘trashing’ our much-loved environment.
“The aftermath pictures have been truly shocking and we are bewildered as to the reasons why people would do this.
“There’s no quick and easy solution but while we work on ways to educate and communicate more widely and effectively to change behaviours, there is something that we can do right away; and we know many of you are itching to volunteer to help. And that’s to get out there, together, to clean up our county.
“We’re delighted to be teaming up with the Lake District National Park, who have done a fantastic job with their messaging and people on the ground to help visitors enjoy the national park responsibly.”
Chris Wingrove, volunteer team leader with the Lake District National Park, added: “We are delighted to support The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick this year.
“As the country has emerged from lockdown we’ve been inundated with offers of help in dealing with the littering problem from people from near and far.
“Litter picking forms an important part of our year-round volunteering programme, but there’s sadly always more to do – these two days will make a massive impact in our battle to keep the Lake District clean, safe and tidy.”
Anyone can get involved, whatever age or level of fitness or ability.
Full details of how to volunteer including COVID-19 safety information can be found at www.thegreatcumbrianlitterpick.org.uk
The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick is sponsored this year by the European Outdoor Conservation Association, Smartwool and HF Holidays.