Posted by: ed | April 27, 2008

Clean up success

DOZENS of volunteers have helped clean-up Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness.

They took part in a weekend litter pick organised by Bo’ness Community Council, in conjunction with Bonnie Bo’ness and The Friends of Kinneil.

Around 100 bags of rubbish were collected during a two-hour stint in the historic parkland.

Around 50 people – from toddlers to pensioners – took part in the event.

You can see pictures of the event by clicking the thumbnail shots below.

Local Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s convener of environment and heritage, was one of the volunteers who took part in the event. He said: “It was great to see so many people turn up on a Sunday morning and help with the clean-up.

“We collected lots of bottles and plastic bags. There was also building waste which had been dumped in the estate. All the volunteers worked very hard and should be really proud of their efforts. We counted around 100 bags of rubbish at the end of the event.”

Councillor Mahoney praised community council chair Madelene Hunt for organising the event. “Madelene worked hard to get people to come along and I think she was delighted at the turn-out. The lovely spring weather helped too.”

He added: “Parks like Kinneil are really important to local people and it’s terrible to see litter being needlessly dumped in the estate. Not only is it unsightly – it also presents a real risk to local wildlife. I’d urge people not to be ‘dumb dumpers’ and to take home their litter next time they visit the park.”

Sunday’s clean-up was organised with the support of Falkirk Council’s litter team. The local authority recently published a “Community Support Pack” to encourage people to organise events. The publication provides lots of useful information to help people make a real difference in their communities, through clean-ups and other environmental projects. The pack includes case studies on existing groups – plus useful advice on setting up your own group and important things such as health and safety and insurance.

You can download the guide by visiting:

www.falkirk.gov.uk/litterzone

 

“It was great to see so many people turn up
on a Sunday morning and help with the clean-up.”

CLLR ADRIAN MAHONEY

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