Boat club struck by poly bag disaster
An environmental disaster struck Scotland’s onlyTug-Towing competition after 500 plastic bags were pulled from the boating pond.
Members of the Glasgow Richmond Model Boat Club claim to have removed more than 500 bags from Richmond Park’s pond, situated opposite Shawfield Stadium, ahead of their event.
Heavy rain meant the turnout on Sunday was lower than usual but organiser and club secretary Murray Wilson had trouble of his own when his tug boat got stuck on rubbish in the pond four times during the day.
He later revealed more than 500 polythene bags were pulled from the pond the day before the competition, which can see boat enthusiasts travel from as far as England and Wales to compete.
He said:“I was very disappointed by the amount of rubbish and poly bags in the pond.
“If it can stop my tug, what must be happening to the wildlife in the pond?”
The club has been associated with the pond and local area for over 30 years and is regularly involved in helping out local schools, festivals and tree planting.
They are also regularly in contact with the sSPCA and Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue to aid the swans in the pond.
Boat club member Eddie Haig admitted they faced an ongoing battle with people littering in the pond.
He said:“We had hoped the rain all week would have topped the pond up a bit, since the pump is still not working. The overflow to the nature pond is completely blocked with these bags.”
Commenting on the event, he added:“Shows like these largely depend on good weather on the day. Sunday was a disaster. It rained almost non-stop all day. The light rain stopped only to let the heavy rain start.
“We had very few competitors from other clubs, the English were nowhere to be seen and members of the public stayed away.”