20 ENVIRONMENT Volunteers wanted to clean up beauty spot
Waging war on litter
An East Kilbride beauty spot will be spruced up this weekend – and organisers are looking for volunteers to get stuck in.
The litter pick on Sunday at the old overgrown lawn of the former Calderwood Castle in Calderglen Country Park is part of CleanUp Scotland month and is being organised by the Calderglen Heritage group and Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Volunteers should meet at the Ellisland car park off Alloway Road and the litter pick will run from 2pm to 4pm.
It is one of a number of cleanups held of late in and around the Calderglen Park area in a bid to tackle the blight of litter in the town’s streets and beauty spots.
One of the organisers of the event, Green campaigner Kirsten Robb, said: “We will be working our way along the old Castle Avenue northwards.
“The event will take place in the once widely famous Calderwood Glen which used to attract as many as 2500 day trippers in the summer in the early 1900s.
“Experience the beautiful gorge setting of this important designed landscape and make your way past glimpses of its former glory whilst tidying the area of unsightly litter.
“A landscape historian and archaeologist, who is the chair of the heritage board, will be in attendance to answer any questions about the area as well as promote the important work Calderglen Heritage is doing with the other board members.”
Kirsten added: “Bring suitable boots or shoes for uneven or muddy ground, and clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty.
“Wellies with grip soles are even better.
“We will provide Keep Scotland Beautiful tabbards, litter pickers, rubbish bags, and gloves.
“Due to the terrain, children eight or over are welcome as long as accompanied by an adult.”
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