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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.adop­ta­moun­

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