Wild and beautiful Mayo - Minaun, Achill, overlooking Keel beach. Photo: Gareth McCormack

Keep Mayo Wild and Beautiful

MAYO County Council is calling on people who live in Mayo and those who are visiting the county to help Keep Mayo Wild and Beautiful.

The public awareness campaign aims to ensure that residents and visitors play their part in keeping the county clean and green.

Over the last number of months, the council has prepared and implemented measures to assist in the outdoor summer that everyone can enjoy.

Increased litter control measures are in place in locations all around the county, including additional bins and additional collections. Public toilet facilities at blue flag beaches and amenity areas are open, with additional portable toilets in place in many visitor locations.

Lifeguards are on duty at Carrowniskey, Carrowmore, Old Head, Bertra, Ross, Keem, Keel, Silver Strand (Dugort) and Mulranny beaches and at Belmullet Tidal Pool.

The municipal district offices continue to work closely and creatively with hospitality businesses to provide outdoor dining facilities in public realm spaces in towns and villages.

Mayo County Council will continue to implement measures over the summer months to enhance the visitor experience. However, they cannot do it on their own. Individuals playing their part will go a long way to keeping public parks, beaches and outdoor spaces clean and available.

Keep Mayo Wild and Beautiful is a call to action for the public to play their part. The council is asking those who are visiting beaches, amenity areas and beauty spots and enjoying the outdoors, to take some simple actions to assist:

Take home your litter after picnics and outdoor activity.

In busy periods litter bins and bottle banks fill up fast. If bins are full, take away all litter and dispose of it responsibility. Use an alternative facility for your bottles and cans.

Clean up after your pet and dispose of dog fouling properly.

Park responsibly at public amenities.

If you are visiting in your campervan, ensure you plan ahead. It is illegal to park overnight at beaches. Local restrictions may apply to other public car parks and fines can be incurred.

Mayo hosts a treasure of beautiful coastal areas for you to enjoy, but always be considerate of nature by sticking to trails and walkways. Protect sand dunes by not trampling on them.

Restrictions may apply to use of barbecues and campfires; if using a barbecue keep it off the ground to avoid damaging vegetation and ensure it is fully extinguished after use.

Have a waste free day out - many businesses welcome the use of reusable cups and are also happy to offer tap water refills.

These simple actions, if applied individually, will help to ensure everyone can enjoy our beach and coastal environments in a safe way and that visitors will leave nothing behind but their footprints. Further tips can be found here: https://www.mayo.ie/KeepMayoWildAndBeautiful.

Cathoirleach of Mayo County Council, Councillor Michael Smyth welcomed the opportunity to promote this message: “I am delighted as cathoirleach to get behind this campaign. We have so much to offer our visitors and those who live in the county so I would appeal to everyone to play their part in Keeping Mayo Wild and Beautiful.”

Martin Keating, head of environment, Mayo County Council, added: “With summer upon us, we are all looking forward to enjoying the outdoors. At Mayo County Council we are working to ensure that visitors and locals alike are able to enjoy our open spaces as additional resources are put in place.

“We are calling on the public to embrace this campaign. The key to keeping our County Wild and Beautiful is that everyone plays their part.”

See video here: https://youtu.be/I20ryMM3kMo