Feb 9, 2016

Clean Up Scotland: Hero of the Month

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has named Liz Halliday, a Day Service Officer from Annan, as the winner of its national Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award. Liz was presented with the national accolade for her efforts in helping to remove debris washed upon the Solway shore at Newbie.


Liz works with her colleagues to lead a group of volunteers in a monthly beach litter pick. The group’s work started when, every month, they would meet with the Coastal Ranger from the Solway Firth Partnership and collect litter along the beach and on the coastal section of the Annandale Way footpath.


An active member of the local community, Liz’s enthusiasm for the task has seen her encourage the group to collect significant amounts of marine litter. Even when the project with the Coastal Ranger came to an end, Liz’s energy has helped motivate the group to continue their efforts - braving all types of adverse weather conditions to keep their beach tidy.


The Clean Up Scotland Hero award is supported by Helping Hand Environmental who provide each Hero with a Clean Up kit - including a new Scottish litter picker and handy hoop.


Liz Halliday, Day Service Officer at Annan Activity and Resource Centre, commented:

“A few years ago I contacted Nic Coombey, the Coastal Ranger at the time, to find out if there were any activities that we could participate in. Nic was trying to find volunteers for a beach clean up project he was developing, and we immediately thought that we could participate in this.


“A group of Service Users from the Activity and Resource Centre and a couple of staff go about once a month, armed with bags, gloves and litter grabbers and spend the day cleaning local beaches. Our Service Users benefit greatly from this activity by both being active in the fresh air and also feeling that they are doing something useful in the community. It would be great if more volunteers would join in both for health and community spirit, but most importantly to keep our wonderful country beautiful and clean.”


Clean Up Scotland is a mass engagement campaign which seeks to draw together a national coalition of those who want to tackle Scotland’s litter problem. It has attracted support from the Scottish Government, through Zero Waste Scotland, local authorities, many major corporates, as well as local campaign groups and individuals from all across Scotland. The campaign aims to tackle the problem by coordinating local Clean Ups, with over 300 being organised every month, and changing long term behaviour by making dropping litter socially unacceptable.


Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“I would like to congratulate Liz on setting a fantastic example. Her efforts have delivered excellent results and go a long way in helping to demonstrate that local environmental enhancement can make significant improvements to health and well-being in local communities - as well as creating more community spirit.


“I would encourage more people to nominate their local Clean Up Scotland hero so that they too can be recognised for their hard work.”

Solway Firth Partnership