‘The PURE Mile’ is an environmental initiative of the PURE (Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments) project which aims to foster a greater appreciation and awareness of our country roadscapes by rewarding and acknowledging local community efforts. This can be achieved through keeping a mile stretch of road (approx. 1.6 km), and the immediate environment litter/rubbish free, while simultaneously considering the preservation and careful maintenance of the flora and fauna, ditches, hedge-rows, and any other natural or man made features of the area.
The Pure Mile short film captures the aesthetic beauty of the 24 locations that took part in the 2014 Pure Mile Competition and the people from these areas. The Pure Mile encourages the people who live on a mile stretch of road to work together to enhance and improve their environment, their heritage and community.
The simple act of clipping back a hedgerow on a dangerous bend, repairing or painting traditional gates, retaining stone walls and stiles in good condition, identifying heritage features, and the regular picking up of litter and rubbish will benefit both local people and the local environment. In all cases sensitive and minimal intervention is encouraged. In Miles where very little physical management is required, groups can focus on local research, or on initiatives to increase awareness and appreciation of their area among the local community.
The Wicklow Heritage Forum is currently archiving some of the areas who participated in the Pure Mile Competition. Information and photos on past entries can be found on http://www.countywicklowheritage.org/category_id__14_path__.aspx
The PURE Mile is open to all community and local groups, existing and new, e.g.
• A group of people living along the mile or in the area
• A community Group or residents group involved, or thinking of becoming involved in the Green Communities
• A Fás or Rural Social Scheme group
• Primary or Secondary School Students – as part of a class project
• Special Interest Groups, i.e., walking groups, cycling groups, etc. Why not adopt a Mile in the uplands and enter the competition
• Remember, it only takes one person to get things going and all of the work can be completed after entering the competition
There are six awards involved in the competition: Best Pure Mile (Overall Award) – Best Litter Free Mile – Best Community Effort – Best Education Award – Best Natural Heritage Mile – Best Built Heritage Mile
There is over €3,500 worth of prize money to be won and all entries will feature in the PURE Mile Calendar.
Click on the below link to download a PURE Mile Information Booklet and Application Form
You can also request a PURE Mile Information Booklet and Application Form by emailing PURE at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0404 45547 or write to the below address;
PURE Project, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Kilafin, Laragh, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Applicants are confined to, local primary, local secondary or local tertiary roads.
Closing date for return of applications is on or before 22nd December 2014
The Awards ceremony for the 2014 PURE Mile Competition was held at the Brooklodge Hotel on 16th October 2014. All participants received a PURE Mile certificate and a native holly and oak tree. There were 11 awards presented on the night with cash prizes totalling €4,500. Awards and certificates were presented by, T. D., Ann Phelan, Minister of State for Rural Affairs.
2014 PURE Mile Awards
The Best PURE Mile: Macreddin PURE Mile
Best New Entry: Glenasmole PURE Mile
Best Past Winners: The Old Road Pure Mile – Mulliacuffe, Ballynultagh, Stranakelly
Best Litter Free Mile: Glenealy PURE Mile
Best Community Effort: Roundwood PURE Mile
Best Education: Brittas Bay National School/Dunganstown Pure Mile
Best Natural Heritage: Killinure PURE Mile
Best Built Heritage: Castletimon PURE Mile
Highly Commended Award: Arklow Duck Pond PURE Mile
Highly Commended Award: Ballycoog PURE Mile
Highly Commended Award: Crossbridge PURE Mile
Below is a list of the communities that participated in the 2014 PURE Mile:
Annamoe PURE Mile, Arklow Duck Pond PURE Mile, Aughrim PURE Mile, Ashford PURE Mile, Askanagap PURE Mile, Avondale PURE Mile, Ballinamanogue/Mullins PURE Mile, Ballycoog PURE Mile, Ballymanus PURE Mile, Ballinglen PURE Mile, Blainroe PURE Mile, Blessington PURE Mile, Castletimon PURE Mile, Conary PURE Mile, Crossbridge PURE Mile, Dunganstown PURE Mile, Glenasmole PURE Mile, Glenealy PURE Mile, Hillbrook PURE Mile, Killinure PURE Mile, Macreddin PURE Mile, Old Town Derralossary PURE Mile, Roundwood PURE Mile, The Old Road PURE Mile.
2013 PURE Mile Awards
The Best PURE Mile: Ballinamanogue/Mullins Pure Mile
Special Mention Award: Castletimon Pure Mile
Best Litter Free Mile: Ashford Pure Mile
Best Community Effort: Annacurra Pure Mile
Best Education: Knockananna Pure Mile
The Best Natural Heritage Award: Macreddin Pure Mile
Best Cultural Heritage: Blessington Pure Mile
Below is a list of the communities that participated in the 2013 PURE Mile:
Annacurra Pure Mile, Annamoe Pure Mile, Arklow Boating Lake Pure Mile, Ashford Pure Mile, Ballycurragh Pure Mile Askanagap, Ballinamanogue/Mullins Pure Mile, Ballycoog Pure Mile, Ballyguile More / Greenhill Road, Blessington Pure Mile, Bog Meadow Pure Mile Enniskerry, Castletimon Pure Mile, Glendalough Pure Mile, Knockananna Pure Mile, Macreddin Pure Mile
2012 PURE Mile Awards
The Best PURE Mile: Crossbridge PURE Mile and Ballymanus PURE Mile
The Best Litter Free Mile: Brittas PURE Mile
The Best Natural Heritage: Wicklow Head PURE Mile
Best Built Heritage Mile: Derralossary Old Town PURE Mile (Roundwood)
Best Community Effort: Killinure PURE Mile
The Best Education: Brittas PURE Mile
Below is a list of the communities that participated in the 2012 PURE Mile:
Aughrim Pure Mile, Ballymanus Pure Mile, Blainroe Pure Mile, Brittas Pure Mile, Conary Pure Mile, Crossbridge Pure Mile, Derralossary Old Town Pure Mile, Kilcoole Mass Path Pure Mile, Killinure Pure Mile, The Wicklow Head Pure Mile, Rathdangan/Cornan Pure Mile, Rathdrum Mill Walk Pure Mile, Woodenbridge Pure Mile
2011 PURE Mile Awards
The Best PURE Mile: The Old Road PURE Mile (Mullinacuffe – Stranakelly – Ballynultagh).
Best PURE Mile Photograph: Askanagap PURE Mile
Best Litter Free Award: Rathdangan PURE Mile
Best Education Award: Blessington Community College
Best Natural Heritage Award: The Knockatemple (Roundwood) PURE Mile
Best Built Heritage Award: Newcastle PURE Mile
Best Community Effort Award: Askanagap PURE Mile
Below is a list of the communities that participated in the 2011 PURE Mile:
Avondale Pure Mile, Askanagap Pure Mile, The Old Road Pure Mile (Mullinacuffe – Stranakelly – Ballynultagh), Blessington Community College Pure Mile, Dunlavin Pure Mile, Hillbrook Pure Mile, Knockatemple Pure Mile, Newcastle Pure Mile, Rathdangan Pure Mile, Tuckmill Pure Mile, The Old Village Rathnew Pure Mile
The 2010 PURE Mile Awards
The Best Pure Mile: The Lacey Brothers PURE Mile (Ballinglen)
Best Litter Free Award: The Vartry PURE Mile (Roundwood)
Best Heritage/Education Award: Avondale Community College
Best Natural Heritage Award: The Vartry PURE Mile (Roundwood)
Best Community Effort Award: The Lacey Brothers PURE Mile (Ballinglen)
Below is a list of the communities that participated in the 2010 PURE Mile:
The Lacey Brothers PURE Mile (Ballinglen), The Vartry PURE Mile (Roundwood), Avondale Community College (Rathdrum), Newtown PURE Mile, Rathdangan PURE Mile