Let’s Do It Ourselves (DIO) – Protecting and Enhancing our outdoor playgrounds

Trash Free Trails (TFT) is a community-focussed, non-profit organisation; a positive call to arms for riders, runners, and roamers alike. TFT exists to protect our trails and the wild places they take us, and they are starting with single use pollution (aka; Litter!).

The project’s Do It Ourselves (DIO) approach ensures that trail cleans are not just all about the pick-up event, but that they also contribute to academic research; recording pollution enables progress to be measured and results to be compared on a geographical and annual basis. The project aims to clean more than 2,862km of trails through its DIO initiative, as well as a 9 Stop Tour of some of the UK’s most iconic mountains, forests, and river trails. It will also identify key species habitats threatened by single use pollution and begin ecological monitoring at up to 10 locations. Three DIO conferences will engage, educate, equip, empower, and enable communities to become self-sustaining/evolving stewards of their outdoor playgrounds. The project’s work will culminate in the publication of the State of Our Trails Report and Action Plan Summit on World Environment Day 2023.