Ruth Kirk, our Landscape Engagement Officer and event organiser said,
“It was a weekend of mixed emotions. It was inspiring to see so many people who genuinely care about our landscapes, giving up their free time to help clear up the litter that has become an increasing problem since lockdown eased. On the other hand, it was tremendously dispiriting to come across huge piles of discarded camping equipment, pots, pans, food wrapping, unused food and disposable barbecues left behind by people.
“We can fully understand why people want to come to the Lake District; it’s a stunning place, why wouldn’t you? But we would plead with people please, not to camp around the lakes or on the islands, but to use only official campsites and to please, please take all of your rubbish home with you.
“There are no people paid to clear up the mess left behind. It is all done by volunteers or staff who are being diverted away from their jobs. Our message is to please visit and enjoy the Lake District and Cumbria responsibly and above all, leave no trace of your visit.”
We would like to thank The Lake District National Park for partnering on the event and European Outdoor Conservation Association, Smartwool Socks and HF Holidays for sponsoring The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick.