Volunteers wanted for Fife beach cleans

Seafield Beach, Kirkcaldy
Seafield Beach, Kirkcaldy

VOLUNTEERS are being urged to don their wellies and roll up their sleeves to help clean up beaches in Kirkcaldy and Burntisland next month.

People are being invited to head along to Burntisland Beach on April 27 and Seafield Beach, Kirkcaldy on April 27 and 28.

Participants wanting to help out at Seafield Beach should head to the picnic park for 11.00 a.m where the clean up, in conjunction with Keep Scotland Beautiful, will go on until around 1.00 p.m.

Sally Walsh from Seafield Environmental Group said: “We are appealing for more volunteers.

‘‘We need as many people as possible to cover the whole stretch of the beach.

“Anyone can take part but caution is urged because of the current state of the picnic area, the muddy, uneven surface and the erosion of cliff. There is also a danger sign at Seafield Tower and we are encouraging volunteers not to litter pick there.

“Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn and children will be accompanied with adults at all times.”

Struggle

Diane Greig, who is acting chairman of the group, said: “We are struggling to find enough people to organise the clean up properly.

“We really need to recruit more people to develop the group.

‘‘I find it a puzzle in this town that even when there has been a push to improve the environment, the beaches seem to be ignored.

‘‘They are used a lot as many people use the beach to walk their dogs, fish and exercise.

“With more volunteers we would find the beach clean ups quite easy to do.”

Popular

She added: “We need people to get involved in the care of this popular beach.”

Meanwhile, Marks and Spencer is calling on volunteers to help clean a section of Burntisland beach.

It is part of the store’s UK-wide “Big Beach Clean-Up.”

The clean up will take place at 10.00 a.m on Saturday, April 27 and the community is being encouraged to get involved.

Plus, all those who register to take part in advance will be rewarded with a £5 M&S gift voucher to put towards their next food shop.

>> How to help

>> Volunteers keen to take part can register through the Marine Conservation Society by logging on to: http://www.mcsuk.org/foreverfish/

>> The M&S ‘Beach Clean-up’ is being run with the support of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and the Canal and River Trust (CRT), which will see beach activities take place across the country between April 22 and 28.