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John Muir Trust plans litter awareness campaign

Posted 6 July 2011
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Staff from the John Muir Trust are to take to the slopes of Ben Nevis dressed as bananas in a bid to highlight the problem of litter and biodegradable waste being left by those who enjoy walking in the area.

According to the body, the last clean-up it carried out resulted in 18 bags of rubbish being collected, with walkers and climbers leaving their waste on the floor rather than putting it in their backpack or rucksack.

Sarah Lewis, a conservation officer at Ben Nevis, said that people may think banana skins pose no threat to the environment, however, they can change the composition of the soil due to their high potassium content.

"Organic waste has a real impact on the ecology of sensitive upland environments," she added.

The John Muir Trust revealed that it put in several new piped culverts, opened out old ones and dug several hundred metres of ditching at the Corrour Estate recently.
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