Groups muck in to clean coastal path

Fife Coastal Path
Fife Coastal Path

FIFE’S biggest Spring clean is underway.

Fife communities are aiming for a clean sweep when they take part in a giant spring clean of the Fife Coastal Path throughout this month.

More than 1000 people in 40 groups from Culross to Wormit will be picking up rubbish from beaches and shorelines in the ‘Let’s Boast about our Clean Coast’ campaign.

The clean up is being organised by Fife Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team to help tackle the problem of illegal dumping, land based and marine litter which is an eyesore and can be dangerous to people, wildlife and pets.

Among those doing their bit locally will be: the 4th Fife (Cardenden) Scout group which will tackle the Dysart to West Wemyss section this weekend (April 14); Soroptimists International Kirkcaldy will help clean up the Aberdour to Burntisland stretch on April 21; and on the following day the Kinghorn Harbour Residents Environmental Group will clean up the village’s harbour beach.

Litter pick

The same day Burntisland Community Council will hold a litter pick in the Haught Road area, and on April 28 the 1192 Kirkcaldy Squadron of the ATC will clean up between Pathhead and Dysart, while the Seafield Environmental Group will hold a spring clean of Seafield beach.

Elaine Devine, the Council’s service manager 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 that it would be good to try and organise a community clean-up which would incorporate a large area of Fife and which everyone could benefit from.

“We provide groups with skips, litterpickers, 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.”

500,000 visitors

Simon Phillips from Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, which manages and maintains the Fife Coastal Path said: “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 to keep the path as the best Coastal Path in Scotland”.

The coastal path community clean-up will take place throughout April 2012 which coincides with Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean Campaign.