ADOPT THE SUGAR LOAF!
A VERY exciting initiative is being launched this Saturday, June 11, on the Sugar Loaf Mountain.
The first ever ‘Adopt a Mountain’ initiative is breaking new ground in Wicklow by becoming the first community to ‘adopt a mountain’ in a bid to combat littering.
One of the organisers of the initiative, Jon McCarty, said he hopes that the idea will inspire walkers and hikers.
‘Sugar Loaf is an iconic image on Wicklow’s landscape and can be seen from many parts of the county. However, surprisingly there is a lot of littering on many of our mountains and consequently this initiative is to encourage Wicklow citizens, walkers and hikers to ‘adopt a mountain’, to visit it regularly, pick up litter and to raise awareness of the issue.
‘After extensive searching we can find no other similar adopt a mountain project anywhere in the world so the first adopted mountain will be the Sugar Loaf and our first clean up is this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
‘Also it is not widely known that Sugar Loaf was a Ritual Landscape C1,500BC, as identified by Chris Corlett a leading state archaeologists. It was a very important sacred mountain to Celtic people, possibly because of its conical shape. The whole area is dotted with megalithic sites and it can even be seen where these people lived nearby.’
Wicklow County Council and An Taisce are helping by providing bags and will remove all litter collected.
For more information log onto www.adoptamountain.org.