Leave No Trace principles

These are principles not rules – we quite like them .

While we want as many people as possible to experience the joy of going into nature, an awareness of how to enjoy it responsibly is equally important. The seven principles of Leave No Trace offer guidance on how to sustainably experience and preserve the land when hiking, biking and camping. The principles are as follows: 

Plan Ahead and Prepare
In addition to planning adequate clothing and gear for all weather, think about what you will do with your waste and how you will prepare your food. Is a campfire really necessary, or will a stove do the trick?

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
When making your way through nature, be sure to avoid trampling vegetation and disturbing soil when it’s not necessary. Stick to durable paths and pitches.

Dispose of Waste Properly
In addition to various techniques to dispose of human waste, “Pack it in, Pack it out” is a mantra promoted by Leave No Trace to deal with leftover food or rubbish. Proper inspection of  your campsite before leaving is essential.

Leave What You Find
Return your campsite to its previous state before leaving and think twice before you take a souvenir home from your natural surroundings.

Minimise Campfire Impacts
Consider the necessity of your campfire and whether the time of year or weather heightens the potential risk of wildfires. There’s a certain way to make a campfire that will leave no trace, make sure that someone in your group is equipped to do this!

Respect Wildlife
Make your way through nature respectfully and avoid chasing, feeding or threatening animals in any way. Observe any wildlife from afar and quietly.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Be aware of the impact your group size, pets, cooking methods, music or technology could have on others’ experience of nature. Noise, chaos and damaged environments have a negative effect on the natural appeal of the outdoors.

You can google Leave No Trace to find out more if you want.

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