Trash Free Trails are a movement set up by a dude called Dom Ferris in his free time. Dom is Head of Community and Engagement for marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage, originally from Wales, he now hangs out on the beaches of Cornwall where he heads up a team that delivered over 1500 beach cleans, activating over 35,000 volunteers to remove 100 TONNES of ocean plastic from our coastlines in 2018 alone. Providing a vital grass roots foundation for SAS’s Plastic Free Coastlines Campaign that includes a drive towards the introduction of a deposit on single use plastic bottles!
Not content with filling his work time with making our planet a little less wrecked, he’s started giving up his time, efforts and money to establish Trash Free Trails. TFT aim to clear up the mess that can surround our priceless mountain bike trails, and change attitudes towards looking after the places we all enjoy.
So far, Dom’s efforts have gained TFT a following on instagram, and more and more people joining each day and sharing their mini-trail cleans. He also lead his first formal trail clean event at Lanhydock trails where over 12kg of discarded litter was collected from what innitially appeared to be spotless trails.
In 2018 Dom is looking to grow the movement, and get more grass roots groups involved in setting up trail cleans. With his expertise and experience from Surfers Against Sewage, this is sure to be a popular move. We’ve certainly got the bug, and Ride.io will be helping to sort some events in the coming year – watch this space for more details on these.
How can you get involved?
Follow @TrashFreeTrails on Instagram
Pick up litter every time you ride and #trashfreetrailclean to add your efforts to the global ‘pile’ of evidence.
Watch out for trail cleans in your area (or organise your own!)