Volunteers sought for Peebles clean-up

THE annual Pride in Peebles “Bin the Litter” project has been arranged for Sunday, March 27.

“Come and join in. It can be a sociable outing as well,” said Douglas Wright of Peebles and District Community Council, which is co-ordinating volunteers and local groups.

“We want to tidy up and enhance our local environment in advance of the visitor season. This annual major clean-up improves the town and surrounding area for local people and visitors alike and is registered with Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean Campaign.”

Volunteers should meet in Kingsmeadows car park from 9.45am, to collect equipment and be allocated areas ahead of a 10am start.

The clean-up will last between two and three hours and will cover roadside verges, local paths and river banks.

Said Mr Wright: “Litter projects in previous years have been very worthwhile, but the key is that many hands make light work, so the more that turn out the easier it will be.”

Volunteers whould wear appropriate outdoor clothing and stout footwear and bring suitable gloves. “Unfortunately, without grant funding this year it is not possible to issue gloves, but most people will be loaned litter-pickers, and rubbish bags will be provided.”

Volunteers working along any roadsides will be loaned high visibility tabards which must be worn to enhance their safety.

Litter-picker tools and tabards must be returned to the organisers on completion of the clean-up.

Any child volunteers should be of a suitable age, and must be accompanied by an appropriate adult.

For further information, contact Douglas Wright on 01721 720791.