Beach Clean

The Rotary Clubs of Girvan, Alloway, Ayr, Prestwick, and Troon hold their very popular Annual Spring Clean – in conjunction with South Ayrshire Council. 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. In 2019 we added South Harbour, Ayr and at Curragh, north of Girvan, making it the biggest beach clean ever.

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.

Well over 300 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. Several environmentally-conscious farmers and landowners now help with tractors and trailers at this huge annual event. Their contribution is much valued because they convey the filled bags from the beaches to the collection points. South Ayrshire Council do a sterling job lifting them promptly in addition to providing all the necessary bags and ancillary equipment.

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 bin bags. The Council will also uplift all the litter we collect.