Volunteers join coastal clean-up

Pictured from left to right are: Adam Olejnik, Jennifer Coe, Joyce Lumsden and Maureen McKiddie.
Pictured from left to right are: Adam Olejnik, Jennifer Coe, Joyce Lumsden and Maureen McKiddie.

COASTAL communities in north east Fife gave their shorelines a spring clean during April.

More than 1000 people from across the Kingdom took part in Fife Council’s ‘Let’s Boast About Our Clean Coast’ campaign.

Members of Newport and Wormit in Bloom took on the challenge of picking up rubbish along the coast from Wormit Brae to Castle Brae — with impressive results.

Group secretary Tessa Durham said: “We split into two groups and started at Wormit Bay and the Tay Bridge junction, working our way along the coastal path.

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“The worst areas were near the two bridges, Wormit Bay beach area and Newport Braes.

“We collected 20 sacks of litter in all!”

The clean up is being organised by the council’s environmental enforcement team to help tackle the problem of illegal dumping, as well as land-based and marine litter, which are an eyesore and can be dangerous to people, wildlife and pets.

Service manager Elaine Devine explained: “Litter and illegal dumping is an ongoing problem and the help we get from community groups is invaluable.

“Spring is a popular time for community clean-ups with many groups organising them annually, so this year we thought it would be good to try to organise a community clean-up which would incorporate a large area of Fife and which everyone could benefit from.

“We provide groups with skips, litter-pickers, bags, gloves and liability insurance so they can carry out the clean-up safely and they give their time, energy and enthusiasm to improve their local environment.”

Simon Phillips from Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, which manages and maintains the Fife Coastal Path, added: “The Fife Coastal Path is loved by residents and visitors and welcomes around 500,000 visitors every year, generating approximately £25 million for the local economy.

“With our new extensions to Kincardine and Newburgh, the path now stretches for 117 miles.

“We have dedicated rangers and maintenance staff who undertake regular patrols and litter picks as well as path maintenance, but as a small organisation, we are always extremely grateful to communities and groups along the path who help us keep the path as the best coastal path in Scotland.”

The coastal path community clean-up coincides with Keep Scotland Beautiful’s national spring clean campaign.