Posted: Sun 5th Jun 2016

Pwllheli Geocachers Do Their Bit For The Environment

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 5th, 2016

The geocachers who took part in the Pwllheli litter-pick ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A bicycle and a shopping trolley were among the items found when a group of Geocachers recently held a litter-pick at the Lon Cob Bach Nature Reserve in Pwllheli. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. The litter-pick in Pwllheli was part of an international ‘Cache In Trash Out’ event. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In addition to the large items, the 14 enthusiastic volunteers also collected 30 bags of rubbish and two boxes of recyclable items from the nature reserve. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Event organiser, Ann Millen, said: “Our local geocachers were keen to take part once again in this international initiative to improve our local environment. The group really got stuck in and also enjoyed the experience immensely; especially as we felt we wanted to put something back into the community.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Gwynedd Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor John Wynn Jones, added: ‘I’m pleased to see that Tidy Towns initiative has enabled another community spirited group to help make a difference. The more groups and individuals get involved in tackling local environmental problems the more we can help foster a partnership approach to creating a more pleasant place to live.’ ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Local Gwynedd County Councillor Hefin Underwood who represents the Pwllheli – South ward, noted: “Lon Cob Bach Local Nature Reserve is a lovely wildlife site at the centre of our busy community in Pwllheli. The reserve is great for people to enjoy nature, but on the downside it also suffers from littering by an irresponsible minority. I congratulate the geocachers on their efforts in helping to clean up this special place.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Permission for the event was granted by the Nature Reserve Warden with Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme providing litter-picking and safety equipment. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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