PURE Mile Competition 2014 Seeks Entries Now

Standing Stone at Castletimon - a monument identified by locals as part of PURE mile research

The Pure Mile is an environmental initiative of The Pure (Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments) Project, which aims to foster a greater appreciation and awareness of our country roadscapes by rewarding and acknowledging local community efforts.  Pure are looking for communities and groups to nominate a local Mile stretch of road (approx. 1.6 km), and keep the area litter/rubbish free and to manage it sensitively. The competition is all about encouraging areas to find out more about our local heritage e.g., the history, wild plants and animals, folklore or traditions associated with the local Mile, and using this information to inform better management. Depending on the Mile, good management may include all, or some of the following; trimming hedges (outside of the bird nesting season), repairing stone walls, gates and stiles, if needed – keeping drains and ditches in good order, maintaining and enhancing the biodiversity of roadside verges and carrying out regular litter and rubbish clean-ups.  In areas where very little physical management or work is required, groups may wish to focus their energy on local research, heritage projects, or on initiatives to increase awareness and appreciation of the area among the local community.2013 was is the fourth year of the PURE Mile competition and now over 44 communities and groups have taken part.  

 ‘The competition has been a great success and credit is due to all of the communities and groups who have been involved.  It is truly amazing what some community effort, enthusiasm, and energy can do for an area.  There are so many beautiful areas in countyWicklow and each place has unique and interesting features.  The communities that take part in the competition really make a difference to their areas and we really want to see more groups, communities and residents of rural areas getting involved in the 2014 Pure Mile competition.’(Ian Davis, PURE Manager)

Pure have just launched their 2014 Pure Mile Calendar which is in great demand.  The calendar depicts all of the areas who participated in the 2013 Pure Mile competition with some beautiful photos of countyWicklow.

To get involved in The 2014 Pure Mile competition all groups have to do is register their interest by sending in the name of the road/area they wish to enter.  An application form and information pack can be requested by emailing info@pureproject.ie or it can be downloaded from http://www.pureproject.ie/what-we-do/the-pure-mile/ .  You can also write to, Pure Project, Wicklow Mountains, National Park, Kilafin, Laragh, Bray, Co. Wicklow and they will post out all the information or request an application form and information pack by phoning Pure on 0404 45547.


The application form is a very simple process and all work on the mile can be completed after entering the competition.


Deadline for applications is on or before20th December 2013.

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