20 EN­VI­RON­MENT Vol­un­teers wanted to clean up beauty spot

Wag­ing war on lit­ter

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Nicola Find­lay

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.”

Big ef­fort The 3rd East Kil­bride Scouts Group cleaned up in Kit­toch Woods as part of a na­tional cam­paign

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