Small Satur­day cleanup beau­ti­fies the Land­ing

Group of seven vol­un­teers come to­gether to make cleanup hap­pen

The Casket - - Local - SAM MAC­DON­ALD sam­mac­don­ald@the­cas­

Antigo­nish Land­ing is now a bit cleaner, thanks to the ef­forts of a small, but hard-work­ing group of vol­un­teers who cleaned up the trail on Oct. 13. A group of seven vol­un­teers, armed with gloves and garbage bags, made short work of what trash has ac­cu­mu­lated at the Land­ing.

"There weren’t as many peo­ple as I hoped, but I wasn’t too sur­prised it was quiet, be­cause it’s a fairly new ini­tia­tive," Sally Huff­man Brown, an event li­ai­son said.

What Huff­man Brown and the rest of the vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pated in was a cleanup of shore­line ar­eas – one of many cleanups go­ing on in hon­our of the Great Cana­dian Shore­line Cleanup, an ini­tia­tive by the World Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion and Ocean Wise, where vol­un­teers are called upon to clean up coastal ar­eas in or near their com­mu­nity.

In ad­di­tion to a mod­est num­ber of vol­un­teers, there was also a mod­est amount of trash col­lected at the land­ing – and not for lack of ef­fort on the part of the vol­un­teers. The vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cleanup were able to col­lect a bag and a half of de­bris on Satur­day.

"Even though we didn’t pick up a lot of garbage, I that’s ac­tu­ally a good thing in my mind," Huff­man Brown said, not­ing the Land­ing gets cleaned up by plenty of its guests who don’t want to see such a nat­u­ral gem get spoiled by lit­ter­ing.

"Don­nie Mac­don­ald, the coun­selor from the County [of Antigo­nish] was say­ing he walks it ev­ery day and sees some­one tak­ing ini­tia­tive, clean­ing it up. I don’t have their name, but they just to come pick up things here and there – that’s an ex­am­ple of the kinds of peo­ple who come and take care of the Land­ing be­cause they trea­sure it," Huff­man Brown said.

Huff­man Brown, along with seven col­leagues from the lo­cal At­lantic Su­per­store, were able to comb the Land­ing end to end, and rid it of the garbage on Satur­day morn­ing.

Huff­man Brown said the orig­i­nal plan was to do a cleanup of both the Land­ing and Bri­erly Brook, but, "be­cause of the tim­ing, we were only able to have one team go through the Land­ing. It was a bit too cold to do the Bri­erly Brook, too."

"Tech­ni­cally, Bri­erly Brook isn’t shore­line, but we were go­ing to com­bine it with the Antigo­nish Land­ing," she added.

Huff­man Brown said she hopes for a greater turnout in com­ing years – one with the reach to in­clude the Bri­erly Brook as well.

"Antigo­nish Land­ing is one of the most won­der­ful re­sources in Antigo­nish for walk­ing and en­joy­ing na­ture in your back­yard," Huff­man Brown said. "Any­one can cre­ate a [cleanup] event, and bring a group of peo­ple to­gether."

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