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 TRAIL CLEAN TOOLKIT! 

DIY! - tRAIL CLEAN TOOLKIT

THANK YOU :)

For stepping up to lead your own trail clean! Trash Free Trails is a community movement, driven by people like you and we can’t thank you enough for joining our cause.

STEP BY STEP 

Organising your own trail clean is as easy as ABC and to make it as enjoyable as possible we've created our. step by step, 'trail clean toolkit' to break each stage down into, easily digestible, bite-size chunks. And, REMEMBER, if in doubt,  just start smalL, stay safe and K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid)!

BEFORE YOU BEGIN!

As you might notice the toolkit is not 100% complete just yet, so before you get cracking just drop Dom and email at trashfreetrails@outlook.com and he can fill in the gaps for now! 

TFT TIPS!

"We're veterans of the 'volunteer event' scene and have learnt from a multitude of mistakes along the way, so we've sprinkled some 'TFT TOP TIPS' throughout each page and the downloadable docs to (hopefully) ease the paperwork pain of the process"Good luck and thanks again, Dom, Ben & The A-TEAM.

 1. STEP-UP! 

Before you dive into the planning here are a few things we remind ourselves of to make sure things stay fun!

  1. DIY IF YOU CAN - This isn’t just because we’re lazy, honestly! Firstly there’s just two of us for now and we might not be able to get things done as quickly as you need us to. But, MOST IMPORTANTLY, it’s because you already have everything you need in your heads, hearts (and sheds!).

  2. K.I.S.S (KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!) -  Start small, try not to over commit. Maybe your first clean is just you and a few close mates. Do what you can and remember that is ALWAYS enough :)

  3. TAKE YOUR TIME - It can take a little longer than you’d expect to run your own trail clean but it’s so worth it. Just have a little chat with yourself before committing.

 2. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

  1. CHOOSE - Do you love it? How much does it need it? Ask your community!

  2. RECCE RIDE - Head out and gather evidence. Consider things like; photos, a good meet-up point, different trail clean routes, volunteer safety, nearest waste and recycling options (tip; this is all good stuff for ‘PROMO’ later on).

  3. CHOOSE A DATE & TIMEWhat day, date and time is best? We find 12pm on weekends and 6pm on weekdays works well (tip; remember to factor in prep, set-up and packdown time so you’re not having a meltdown when your volunteers arrive!)

 3. LET LANDOWNERS KNOW* 

We don’t believe that you should have to ask permission to bring your community together to clean your trails*! But, manners don’t cost a thing, so we ask that you let the owners/managers of the land know your plans (they almost always want to get involved too!). Follow these steps to put their minds at ease*;

  1. WHO IS IN THE KNOW? From a Google search to a call to the nearest bike shop, try your best to get a name, number and email address of the person who can say “YAY” or “NAY”.

  2. MAKE CONTACT - Face to face or a phone call is best. Run them through your plans and reasons (tip; DON’T call it an ‘event’ the ‘E’ word makes people nervous!)

  3. SEND THEM THE BUMPF - Head off any concerns they might have by sending them our ‘responsible trail clean’ documents (do this straight after speaking with them if you can).

"Each document has some 'TFT TIPS' at the top too :)"

 

*IMPORTANT NOTES

* To be covered by our public liability insurance you must complete all steps in this section. 

* *If you’re expecting hundreds of volunteers and/or planning to erect a giant tent you’ll need to gain permission from the landowner/manager before going ahead. Luckily this is always super easy too!

 4. RALLY YOUR CREW

 

We get by with a little help from our friends! Before you begin promoting your trail clean it’s really cool to put together a ‘support crew’.

  1. FRIENDS & FAMILY - Tell them what you’re up to and why it’s important to you, you’ll be surprised how inspiring it is.

  2. LOCAL BIKE SHOPS & INFLUENCERS - From spreading the word to hosting a post trail clean social, these guys are awesome allies for community rallying!

  3. CLUBS, SCHOOLS & OTHER TRAIL USER GROUPS - This can take a little more time but often brings incredible results. If you’re a parent that’s often the best place to start.

 5.PROMO! 

 

Now that the ‘paperwork’ is out of the way and you’ve rallied your ‘trail clean support crew’ it’s time to go into full promo mode. 

  1. SOCIAL MEDIA - Invite us at @trashfreetrails too please :)

  2. POSTERING - The oldies are the still the goodies.

  3. STAY IN TOUCH - Communicate with volunteers, get a conversation going, what to expect, what to bring personalised buckets and gloves, weather updates, meet-up updates.

6. DIY TRAIL CLEAN KIT

 

We’ve decided that we’re not going to send out clean-up kits because we’re not comfortable with buying piles of cheap new bin bags, gloves, buckets, pickers etc (we’d also struggle to cope with all the picking and packing!). Especially because EVERYBODY already has all of these things buried somewhere at home*. 

    

However it is cool to see our logo all over the place so why not make your ‘TFT trail clean kit’ using our stencil making kit.

  1. GET CREATIVE - Download our stencil pack to ‘TFT-up’ your foraged buckets, sacks, carrier bags, table cloth, flag, old 80s rucksacks, signs etc... (think Mad Max!)

  2. BYO - Ask your volunteers to bring their own kit (gloves, bags and buckets especially).

  3. ASK YOUR LOCAL - council and/or community groups. These guys often have clean-up kits available to borrow.


*IMPORTANT NOTE

 

Please take (enough) HAND SANITISER for everyone to use.

 7.READY, STEADY...

 

 

Aaaaaaaand breathe...

  1. WEATHER - CAKE/SUP FREE SNACKS 

  2. SEE YOU TOMORROW EVERYONE 

  3. SLEEP

Charlotte and Evan. PR Ninjas - trash your time is up. We've gathered some facts about the PR Ninjas:
• Ninja don't eat or drink very much, and they never have to go to the bathroom.

• Go anywhere they want instantly
• Catch bullets in their teeth
• Can run 100 miles on their hands
• Train 20 hours/day starting from age 2
• Can hover for hours

 WHAT IS A TRAIL CLEAN? 

9. WRAP-UP & REPORT

  1. RECORD 

  2. TELL THE TALE

  3. LET US KNOW!

 8. TRAIL CLEAN IS GO! 

  1. BRIGHT & EARLY SET-UP

  2. MEET, GREET, SIGN-IN, PHOTO PERMISSIONS - SIGN-IN, KIT UP & CHOOSE A TRAIL TO CLEAN (we'll also run a super fun clean-up on foot at the trail head).

  3. GEAR-UP & GATHER IN - Briefing, Special teams​, TRASH TALKBIG GROUP PHOTO & FILM

  4. TRAIL CLEAN TIME - Below are some points outlining how a Spring Trail Clean Tour event will flow (there's so much more too!); THE GRAND DEPART, RUBBISH RIDING, BACK TO BASE, TRASH TALLY & RE-RECYCLING, RUBBISH REWARDS, HIGH 5s and CELEBRATORY DRINKS, Don't be afraid of asking for help with all these, people want to get involved!

 10. RIDE! 

Everything we do at TFT is about building a community of riders and trail users who feel empowered to take action to protect and enhance their trails in their own way. This begins and ends by spending time together, on our bikes, using our hands and hearts to protect what we love.