The National Trust (Mournes) has worked with event organisers on a number of occasions to assist in restorative works on the pitch path on Slieve Donard. A number of events have asked participants to carry a kilo of grass seed or fertiliser to a drop off point on the mountain, where it is stored for works being carried out in the future.
Up to 100 kilos of materials have been carried up during a single event, enabling valuable volunteer time to be spared for other projects.
Visit nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.
World Wildlife Fund France works to protect the natural environment and cultural heritage of the French Alps through its WWF European Alpine Programme. This programme seeks to manage threats to the nature of the alpine area through urbanisation, traffic, tourism, agriculture, freshwater supply and climate change.
Since 2010, WWF France has organised the ‘Pandathlon’ which is held in Saint Gervais, Mont Blanc, one of the last large areas of wilderness in Europe. This is an untimed, uncompetitive walking event held over two days.
It comprises a strict number of teams of three participants, with each team pledging to raise at least €900 to go towards the area in which the event is held.
The Pandathlon has two main aims, notably: raising funds for the preservation of the biodiversity of the Mont Blanc region and increasing participation in sport.
Visit pandathlon.fr for more information.
This project is funded by Sport Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and is supported by Mourne Heritage Trust, Leave No Trace, National Trust, Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme, Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership and Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust.