Since May 2006 there are currently 13 Advanced Trainers within Leave No Trace Ireland, with another course organised for June 2008. This now enables the message of Leave No Trace to be filtered down through the different levels of training.
Leave No Trace Ireland would like to give a big thank you to the Advanced Trainers Ann Fitzpatrick, Vincent McAlinden, Richard Lappin, Katy Egan, Sinead Pollock and Darach O’Murchu who have delivered a number of training courses.
To date, 12 Trainer courses have been held in the Wicklow Mountains National Park; Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre in Clonbur; Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre in Castlewellan; Share Holiday Village in Fermanagh; Tollymore Mountain Centre in Newcastle, Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre in Kerry, East Coast Adventure Centre in Rostrevor and Gortatole Outdoor Education Centre in Florencourt with approximately 10-13 participants on each course.
There are currently 98 people qualified as Trainers of Leave No Trace across Ireland. They include representatives from a wide range of organisations including: Duke of Edinburgh Award, Outdoor Education and Library Board Centres, Mountain Meitheal, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Coillte, CAAN, Belfast Hills Partnership, Catholic Youth Council, Mountaineering Council of Ireland, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Princes Trust, District Councils, An Taisce, Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland and East Coast Adventure and Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure Centre Staff.
Approximately 33 ‘Awareness Sessions’ have taken place and have included sessions for the following organisations: Irish Wildlife Trust, Mountain Meitheal, Mountaineering Council of Ireland, CAAN, Environment Education Forum, Cycling Ireland, Accenture, Failte Ireland, Ballyhoura Failte, Scouting Ireland, Irish Girl Guides, Focus Ireland, Imaal Walkers, Wicklow Education Centre and Tiglin.