It’s tidy, keep it that way

The volunteers ready for their litter-picking campaign.
The volunteers ready for their litter-picking campaign.

An astounding 31 bin bags full of rubbish, weighing 139kg, were collected around Galashiels at the weekend by volunteers aiming to give their town a bit of a spring clean.

On Saturday, April 7, the volunteers took part in the annual spring clean as part of the Clean Up Scotland campaign, run by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

They cleared rubbish from the Ladhope Burn, Wilderhaugh and Currie Road areas, and around the steps from High Street Car Park up to Gala Park Court.

Galashiels Community Council’s vice-chairman, Rick Kenney, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to make a real difference to these areas.

“Not only did it leave us with a great deal of satisfaction that we were able to help our community, but it was also great fun ... I’d recommend it to anyone.

“What we want to see now is that these areas stay in the condition in which we left them.

“Selfish and thoughtless behaviour costs local authorities more than £1million a week to deal with and we want the small minority who litter and allow their dogs to foul to change their behaviour.”

The event’s organiser, Claire Howden, added: “The community council is very grateful to the organisations who promoted our spring clean, to our wonderful volunteers, and to Scottish Borders Council for uplifting the rubbish.”

All litter-pickers and hoops for bin bags should be returned to Claire, who is on 01896 756616, or email claire@chowden.plus.com