The Rotary Clubs of Girvan, Alloway, Ayr, Prestwick, and Troon hold their very popular Annual Spring Clean – in conjunction with South Ayrshire Council, who have asked Rotary to coordinate the Beach Clean aspect of their Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign. The nineteen miles of beaches to be cleaned include Girvan, Dipple, Turnberry, north Croy Bay, Dunure to Heads of Ayr, Heads of Ayr to River Doon, River Doon to Blackburn Car Park, Newton to Bentfield Point, Bentfield Point to Pow Burn, and Pow Burn to Barassie.
Winter storms cast up a huge amount of debris on our shores, and many members of our local communities will be dismayed by the amount of litter now spoiling their beaches. This is their personal chance to do something about it – as we invite and encourage as many folk as possible to join us in this annual massive environmental clean-up.
Over the past seven years we have made a great impact. On our regular beaches there has been a great reduction in litter compared with previous years. In 2007 we collected over 850 bags of rubbish. In 2013, helped by a spell of friendly offshore winds, we only collected 400 bags – but this winter’s winds have been less then friendly, and we anticipate a larger haul in 2014. Overall we have made a huge difference, with a massive reduction of 40% in the litter found on Ayrshire beaches over the past seven years.
Well over 200 volunteers turn out. Each year we have had great support from Scouts, Boys Brigade, youth clubs, schools, college students, OIR, walking groups, friends and neighbours. We now have a large number of “regulars” who turn up every year, and also a generous group of farmers and caravan park owners who kindly volunteer to cart bags of rubbish from remote beaches to pick-up points for collection by the Council.
We welcome anyone interested in enjoying a few hours of gentle fresh-air exercise, fun – and a lot of satisfaction – cleaning up our lovely coastline along the route of the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Please come along and join us in late March early April (check this website for details) equipped with gardening gloves (or Marigolds!) warm clothing and stout footwear. South Ayrshire Council can supply a limited number of litter tongs and gloves – and an unlimited supply of black bin bags. The Council will also uplift all the litter we collect.