MP joins ‘extreme litter-pick' with Peak District rangers

Robert Largan MP helping with the litter picking.Robert Largan MP helping with the litter picking.
Robert Largan MP helping with the litter picking.
Rangers in the Peak District were joined by the High Peak MP for a day of ‘extreme’ litter picking.

Robert Largan joined Peak District National Park rangers in a mission to pick up rubbish around Mam Tor and the Great Ridge – targeting litter hotspots in the most challenging terrain.

Extreme litter-picking involves full-time and volunteer rangers tackling some of the hardest-to-reach areas, including rock formations and caves, throughout the national park.

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As Covid-19 restrictions have eased, the Peak District has experienced a huge increase in both visitors and litter and a new push is underway to target problem areas.

In two hours, the rangers and Robert filled five bin bags. They picked up everything from wet wipes to vodka bottles.

Robert Largan MP said: “I’ve always taken a hands on approach to being an MP.

"It was good to get out with the Peak rangers to get our hands dirty and to draw attention to this growing problem.

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"It was concerning just how much litter had been left in one of the most beautiful areas of the Peak District.

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“It’s great that so many people want to visit us, but they need to respect the

countryside and do their part bit to help conserve the Peak District for future


Sunny weather and an easing of lockdown rules has led to a large number of people descending on the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.

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Concerns have also been raised over the number of discarded barbecues left smoking and potentially sparking moorland fires.

Outreach conservation volunteers assistant Harriet Saltis said: “We urge all visitors to take home their litter and leave no trace of their visit.

"That would be the ideal solution.

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"Lots of visitors and local residents are also litter picking and are playing an integral role in helping us to look after the national park.

"We’re really grateful for their support.”

Andrew McCloy, chair of the Peak District National Park authority, added: “Please be Peak District proud. Respect, protect and enjoy.”