Climbing is one of the activities on offer to participants

Climbing is one of the activities on offer to participants

Litter pickers in Britain’s oldest park will be rewarded with a free lunch and outdoor activities.

The Peak District Pick and Play takes places this Sunday and offers outdoor fans the chance to take in various activities as a reward.

The event is organised by Peak Mountaineering and there is no charge to participants.

A spokesperson said: “The Peak District Pick and Play, which we host annually in collaboration with the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers, is a unique event combining cleaning up Britain’s most popular national park with a host of outdoor activities.

“This year’s event is on Sunday 10 May. Attendees spend a morning collecting rubbish at selected litter hotspots around the park then, after lunch, are invited to try their hand at climbing and abseiling, mountain biking, orienteering or a guided ranger walk.

“The event is completely free and, thanks to the generous support of equipment brand Rab, we will even have a free lunch and a thank you gift for every participant. In 2014 almost 100kg of rubbish was removed by around 60 volunteers in only two hours. Can you help us beat that in 2015?

Last year almost 100kg of rubbish was collected

Last year almost 100kg of rubbish was collected

“We will be clearing select litter hotspots around the park. Depending on how or where you are travelling from, we’ll allocate you a start point. Then we’ll rendezvous at Surprise View Car Park – we’ll send details of how to find that – and, after lunch, head off for the afternoon activities. It’s also a doddle to get to us by public transport.

“If you are only available for the morning’s litter collection we’d still love your help. We also need some additional help with lunch preparation so, if you a budding Gordon Ramsey, it would also be great to have you along too.”

Organisers are also on the lookout for qualified outdoor leaders – holders of HML, ML or SPA awards – to help with the activities.

Peak Mountaineering said the day starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm but if people can only help for a part of that they will still be welcome.

“If you can help please let us know in advance by emailing info@peakmountaineering.com or use our contact form. We’ll ask you to complete a simple booking form and send you joining instructions. Hope to see you there.”