COMMUNITY groups in Bo’ness are joining forces this weekend to wage war on litter.
Bo’ness Community Council, The Friends of Kinneil and Bonnie Bo’ness are teaming up to stage a two-hour litter pick in historic Kinneil Estate. They’re also urging local residents to come along and join them.
The event is one of scores of events taking place across the country as part of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean.
The Kinneil clean-up will kick off on Sunday (April 18) at 10 a.m. and run to noon. Volunteers are asked to meet at the top car park beside Kinneil Woods.
Bo’ness Community Council chair Madelene Hunt said: “We hope people who regularly use the estate will come along and lend a hand at Sunday’s event. A litter-pick like this makes a great difference to the park and encourages everyone to be more responsible.”
Bo’ness Councillor Adrian Mahoney, the area’s parks convener, is one of the volunteers taking part in the clean-up, which is being supported by Falkirk Council.
He said: “We want to encourage as many volunteers as possible to come along and take part in Sunday’s Kinneil Clean-Up. Equipment will be provided. All you have to do is come along and volunteer."
He added: “Litter removal from Scotland’s streets costs over £100million a year which could be spent on other services. We want everyone, locals and visitors, to see our area without having to peer through plastic bags caught on trees, or discarded fast food wrappers in bushes, roadsides and pavements. Take part in clean-ups and, most importantly, take your litter home with you.
“There really is no excuse for dropping litter.”
The Kinneil volunteers will be joining hundreds of other community groups, schools, youth clubs, environmental organisations, voluntary groups, businesses and individuals who will be spring cleaning their local areas during April.
In fact, almost 60,000 volunteers took part in clean up events as part of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean last year. They gathered enough litter to fill 28,819 standard wheelie bins – proving that even each individual volunteer’s small contribution really does make a huge difference.
For more information, please visit www.kinneil.org.uk/cleanup2010 and www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/springclean
*** The Kinneil Clean-Up is being held a week before tourists flock to the estate for free tours of historic Kinneil House. The mansion will be open on April 24 and 25, providing access from noon to 4 p.m. both days. Visit www.kinneil.org.uk for details.