Borders youngsters lead the way in local clean-up

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NEARLY 1,400 people helped tidy up the Borders as part of Scotland’s national spring clean campaign.

The 1,391 Borderers were part of a huge national volunteer army of more than 97,000 – up 13,500 on last year – who picked up in the country’s public places between mid-March and mid-May.

Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for environmental services Len Wyse said: “This has been a fantastic achievement by the 1,391 people who gave up their time and took part in this year’s national spring clean in the Borders. It’s even more remarkable that 1,018 of them were children and it is very encouraging that so many of our young people are interested in helping to keep the Borders beautiful for those of us who live here and for our many visitors.”

The volunteers from community councils, schools, guides and scouts, residents associations, Rotary, Beautiful Scotland groups, council staff, and churches cleaned up 31 public gardens, school grounds, woodlands, nature reserves, tourist hotspots, riversides, beaches, country parks, road verges, villages and town centres in the region. And much of the litter was recycled.

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s volunteer campaigns team leader Helen Darvill said: “I am sincerely grateful to everyone who has been involved.”