Saturday 22nd April on a bright sunny afternoon a group of 20 volunteer Geocachers of all ages gathered for a ‘CITO’ litter pick on the Lon Eifion section of the National Cycle Route 8, they cleared approximately 2.25 kilometers. This was part of a global event named “Cache in Trash Out Day” (CITO) which is an environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community. Among the ‘Trash’ were a discarded water butt, bicycle components, a rollerblade, and of course, no litter pick would be complete without a discarded road cone. The volunteers came from as far as Stoke, Welshpool & Lymm to take part in this event. In all two trailer loads of litter were picked by the team, these were sorted and recyclable materials recovered before taking to the Recycling centre at Rhwngddwyryd, Garndolbenmaen.
Since 2002, CITO has helped preserve the natural beauty of cache-friendly spaces. In that time, more than 240,000 people have volunteered at 11,000 CITO events. What exactly is Geocaching though? It’s a hobby where people with Global Positioning Satellite receivers place containers (or caches) in parks and public areas and then post the exact coordinates online. What makes it hard? The coordinates can refer to any one of hundreds of potential hiding spots in about a five metre search radius. The thing that’s so special about geocaching, however, is the fact that it’s getting people to enjoy the outdoors. People are going to places they’ve never heard of, or haven’t been to since they were kids, and they’re enjoying it!
Permission for the event was granted by Gwynedd Council, Gwynedd Tidy Towns kindly provided litter pick and safety equipment
A special thank you to Inigo Jones Slate works and Wynnstay Country Store Penygroes (Penygroes) who lent their car parking spaces to host the event.