The Envirotrek clean-up will take place in Bamford

The Envirotrek clean-up will take place in Bamford

Outdoor enthusiasts are being offered the chance to clean up the environment as a Europe-wide scheme is extended to the UK for the first time.

The Respect the Mountains Envirotrek Mountain Clean Up will take place next month in the Peak District.

Participants will join teams collecting rubbish and other waste at the site in Bamford. After the clean-up, they can choose from a range of outdoor activities to take part in, including climbing, mountain biking, canyoning and caving.

There will also be a barbecue for all those who sign up for the clean-up.

The event is being sponsored by outdoor footwear brand KEEN, and to mark Envirotrek’s arrival in Britain the company is offering one lucky grough reader a pair of Alamosa Mid trail-walking shoes worth £105 in our easy-to-enter competition.

Envirotrek clean-ups are taking place this summer in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and France but the Bamford is a first for Britain.

grough readers have the chance to win a pair of KEEN Alamosa Mids to mark the event

grough readers have the chance to win a pair of KEEN Alamosa Mids to mark the event

A KEEN spokesperson said: “Popular mountain destinations are becoming increasingly in need of on-the-ground action to clear them of waste in order to maintain their natural beauty and enjoyment for generations to come.

“Through last year’s Envirotrek initiatives, more than 500kg rubbish was cleared in 445 hours across four European Countries, with some of the more unusual items collected from their efforts including a US Army oil barrel from World War Two.

“Envirotrek gives people the opportunity to give something back to their environment while enjoying some playtime in the great outdoors.”

The Bamford clean-up kicks off at 10am on Sunday 5 August and there is an entry fee of £9. Children up to the age of 12 with a responsible adult can enter free of charge.

The litter-pick will end at 12.30pm and the barbecue will follow, with outdoor activities in the afternoon.

Group leaders are allocated and all participants will be provided with cleaning and safety equipment and fully briefed with a safety talk.

The spokesperson added: “There will even be a chance to win some great prizes including KEEN footwear and gifts for the best or most interesting rubbish found on the hill, with the day’s event closing at about 4pm.”

Anyone who has bought KEEN products since 1 June and brings their receipt can enter the event free of charge.

Car parking is available next to Bamford Playing Fields, the base for the event. Trains also run to the town from Manchester and Sheffield and there is a bus service from Sheffield.

Participants are advised to bring water and, optimistically, sun-screen.

Registration can be made online.

Other venues for Envirotrek in July are Schauinsland, Schwarzwald, Germany, Mayrhofen, Austria, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, with August events in Samoëns, France and Bamford.

Envirotrek clean-ups have already taken place in Schoorl, The Netherlands, and Einruhr, Eifel, Germany.

For a chance to win a pair of Alamosa Mid see grough’s competition page.

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