Yr Wyddfa: Can Wales' highest mountain really go plastic-free?

2023-06-09 23:48:46  • 7 mins

By Natalie Grice

BBC News

The peak of Yr Wyddfa rises 1,085m (3,560ft) above the Welsh landscape.

It is the highest point in Britain until you get to Scotland's Ben Nevis, 260 miles (418km) away as the crow flies.

The remoteness of Yr Wyddfa, or Snowdon as it is also known, surely makes it one of the most pristine environments in the land.

But research shows it is as much under siege as many more populous places from a growing threat to the natural world - plastic.

A survey carried out for Eryri - also called Snowdonia- National Park found microplastics in the soil samples all the way along the Llanberis path to the summit.

Significant amounts were also found at the peak itself, to say nothing of the volume of visible litter left behind on the slopes.

The mountain and its protectors are trying to fight back. The park launched the Plastic Free Yr Wyddfa project in April with the aim of making the mountain the world's first to become plastic-free.

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