Beauty spot of cleaning at Wintour's leap

Posted by Martin Kocsis on 09/03/2012
Team effort at Wintours Leap. Photo: Kevin Caster
View 1 of 2

A crag clean up day organised by the BMC has successfully restored one of the Wye Valley’s best beauty spots.

Wintour’s Leap on the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Lancaut nature reserve has stunning views of the lower Wye gorge and attracts many visitors. This cliff top view unfortunately also accrues a lot of litter and fly tipping.

Climbers from as far as Reading joined forces with Severn Area Rescue Association’s land search team to shift the rubbish from every path, cliff base and crag ledge. Climbers abseiled from cliff tops to reach every last energy drink can and hauled the waste up bucket by bucket. A motorbike and a television were some of the most awkward items!

Efforts were rewarded with a cliff top picnic provided by Cotswold Outdoor’s Bristol store manager who also mucked in carrying the scrap metal out.

Forest of Dean district council provided bin bags for all 20 volunteers and arranged removal of the collected waste the following day.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Forest of Dean nature reserves manager, Kevin Caster, said: “It was really rewarding to see so many people keen to help look after this unique nature reserve, the climbers have been great notifying us of Peregrine Falcons nesting and Ramblers have funded access improvements. Lancaut is obviously much loved by many both sides of the River. We hope to establish a Lower Wye volunteer group that will focus on wildlife sites along the Gloucestershire side of the Wye Valley up to Redbrook, to assist ourselves, Natural England, the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust with practical conservation tasks.”

BMC volunteer representative for the Wye Valley, Rick Sewards, added: “The dramatic cliffs at Wintour’s Leap draw climbers from all over the country, and the clean-up was a great opportunity for us to help put something back.  Thanks very much to all the volunteers who turned up to help, to the Severn Area Rescue Association for their assistance and to Cotswold Outdoor for their support of this event.  And a big thank you to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, for their support with the clean-up and for their continued encouragement of climbing on these cliffs and their work in managing the nature reserve for the benefit of wildlife and visitors alike.”



« Back

Post a comment Print this article

This article has been read 1267 times

TAGS

Click on the tags to explore more

RELATED ARTICLES

Tremadog Spring Clean: volunteers needed
0
Tremadog Spring Clean: volunteers needed

UPDATE 16 March 2020: Due to concerns about transmission of Coronavirus, the crag clean-up scheduled for Saturday 28 March at the BMC-owned Craig Bwlch y Moch at Tremadog has been cancelled.
Read more »

Crags spruced up courtesy of BMC volunteers
0
Crags spruced up courtesy of BMC volunteers

We’re not even two months into the new decade, and already volunteers in the Peak District, South East and South West have been getting their hands dirty and helping to make improvements at their local crags. Here’s a look at what they have been up to and an opportunity for us to say a big thank you to all involved!
Read more »

Climbers and National Trust work together to re-vitalise Brimham Rocks
0
Climbers and National Trust work together to re-vitalise Brimham Rocks

BMC volunteer and uber-keen Yorkshire climber Paul Clarke recently raised the issue of trees encroaching on a number of buttresses and boulders at Brimham Rocks with the BMC access team. Thanks to his great local knowledge and enthusiasm, not to mention invaluable help from the National Trust ranger team who manage the site, a climber's work day took place last weekend to open up some of the climbing areas. Paul reports below on what happened on the (very successful!) day...
Read more »

Post a Comment

Posting as Anonymous Community Standards
3000 characters remaining
Submit
Your comment has been posted below, click here to view it
Comments are currently on | Turn off comments
0

There are currently no comments, why not add your own?

RELATED ARTICLES

Tremadog Spring Clean: volunteers needed
0

UPDATE 16 March 2020: Due to concerns about transmission of Coronavirus, the crag clean-up scheduled for Saturday 28 March at the BMC-owned Craig Bwlch y Moch at Tremadog has been cancelled.
Read more »

Crags spruced up courtesy of BMC volunteers
0

We’re not even two months into the new decade, and already volunteers in the Peak District, South East and South West have been getting their hands dirty and helping to make improvements at their local crags. Here’s a look at what they have been up to and an opportunity for us to say a big thank you to all involved!
Read more »

Climbers and National Trust work together to re-vitalise Brimham Rocks
0

BMC volunteer and uber-keen Yorkshire climber Paul Clarke recently raised the issue of trees encroaching on a number of buttresses and boulders at Brimham Rocks with the BMC access team. Thanks to his great local knowledge and enthusiasm, not to mention invaluable help from the National Trust ranger team who manage the site, a climber's work day took place last weekend to open up some of the climbing areas. Paul reports below on what happened on the (very successful!) day...
Read more »

BMC MEMBERSHIP
Join 82,000 BMC members and support British climbing, walking and mountaineering. Membership only £16.97.
Read more »
BMC SHOP
Great range of guidebooks, DVDs, books, calendars and maps.
All with discounts for members.
Read more »
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Get covered with BMC Insurance. Our five policies take you from the beach to Everest.
Read more »