Team scales the heights to clear litter on Cavehill
It's one of the most spectacular and popular places in Belfast to take a Sunday afternoon stroll, but Cavehill is a victim of its own success, a tale told by the litter lining many of its pathways.
Even worse, as a hardworking Prince’s Trust team has just discovered, is the dog poo that collects along any popular dog-walking route.
Fourteen young people aged 16 to 25, rolled up their sleeves as part of a challenge set by Tidy Northern Ireland and cleared away all the litter that contributes to blighting Cavehill Country Park.
The north Belfast team got to work with litter pickers and black bags as part of the run-up to the Belfast Telegraph’s Big Spring Clean campaign, which is running in partnership with Tidy NI.
“The students completed this challenge by working together, motivating and encouraging each other.
“I hope that not only are they now inspired to take better care of the community in which they live, but that they can act as role models to others in their community to do the same,” Prince’s Trust Team leader Nuala Boyle said.
Marieannette Magee, who jointly led the team with Nuala, said the clean-up was carried out by unemployed young people from vulnerable backgrounds.
“It was a beautiful day and our young people really enjoyed it.
“They did pick up a lot of litter — bottles, sweet papers, crisp wrappers, lots of bottle tops and dog poo.
“There were also plastic bags which had blown onto the mountain but the litter was mostly plastic bottles,” she said.
“They started from the castle grounds and continued up until the start of the wooded area.
“There were a lot of people out walking who stopped to say this work was needed and said ‘you’re doing a good job’.”
The Prince’s Trust Team programme works with young unemployed people between the ages of 16 and 25.
Anyone interested in getting involved in the Prince’s Trust programme can contact Nuala Boyle on 028 9053 3111 or 07760 121970.
We are calling for more people to join our green army, getting organised in clean-ups for the Big Spring Clean event running from April 8 to 17.
To find out more about getting involved, visit tidynorthernireland.org/big-spring-clean for full details of events.