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Symonds Yat gets 'extreme clean' from climbing team

Climber on Symonds Yat Image copyright Will Condie
Image caption Climbers say YatsFest is a chance for them to "give something back to the crags that give us so much"

Dozens of climbers have been taking part in an extreme litter pick - hundreds of feet above the ground on the crags and cliffs at Symonds Yat.

They have been removing litter, checking safety pegs and removing loose rock and invasive plants.

The famous crags in the Forest of Dean are owned by the Forestry Commission.

The YatFest 2017 team have been working with the commission to protect rare plant species which grow on the cliffs.

Image copyright Will Condie
Image caption The crags at Symonds Yat East are owned by the Forestry Commission which allows climbing year round
Image copyright Will Condie
Image caption The climbing team maintained ropes, checked and replaced pegs, dealt with loose rock and ivy as well as collecting litter
Image copyright Will Condie
Image caption The Forestry Commission said it was a "really important area full of rare species" and "in such a beautiful place this litter should not be here"
Image copyright Will Condie
Image caption Organisers said the team gathered drinks cans, milk cartons, beer cans and dirty nappies left by the large number of visitors to the area

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