Teens in Fife village launch war on litter

Two Markinch teenagers waging war on local litter louts have won financial support from an impressed Fife business owner.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 9:07 am
Alex Thomson and Jack Wilson, the Markinch Litter Picker Warriors, with their sponsor Keren Brynes MacLean of Health Food and More in Kirkcaldy

Alex Thomson and Jack Wilson, who call themselves the Markinch Litter Picker Warriors, bagged £250 in sponsorship from Health Food and More in Kirkcaldy.

The two 13-year-olds, who attend Auchmuty High in Glenrothes, are keen to raise awareness of how much litter is thrown away irresponsibly.

The duo, who have recently focused their efforts in Balbirnie Park, were delighted with the backing.

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Alex said: “We’re really passionate about cleaning up our environment. This is a great start for us to buy the right equipment and do the job properly.”

The pair were particularly keen to get a proper cart having previously used an old shopping trolley they found to move the rubbish.

They also received a supply of bags and protective gloves to keep them safe as they work.

Jack added: “It seems such a shame to leave our beautiful outdoor spaces covered in litter that takes away from enjoying our countryside.

“Hopefully others will join us in taking action once they see what we can do.”

Health Food and More store owner and medical herbalist Keren Brynes MacLean said: “I was so impressed with this initiative I was delighted to support them.

“We’ll also be sponsoring litter picking events to help to clean up public places like the Bleach Fields in Coaltown of Balgonie.”

For more information about their activities visit www.facebook.com/MarkinchLitterPickerWarriors.