Volunteers needed for clean-up

Winter storms have added to the amount of litter that has accumulated on the beach at Girvan.

And the Rotary Club of Girvan is about to hold its annual beach clean.

This week the club launched an appeal for volunteers to join the clearing up operation on Saturday, April 2.

The club is once again joining forces with the Keep Scotland Beautiful national spring clean.

Rotarian Alistair Wallace told the Gazette: “Once again winter storms have cast up a huge amount of debris on Girvan’s shores and many members of our local communities will be dismayed by the amount of litter now spoiling their beaches. This is now their personal chance to do something about it.

“Over the years we have had great support from youth clubs, walking groups, schools, the Opportunities in Retirement group, friends and neighbours. We now have a small number of regulars who turn up, but the numbers have been getting smaller each year.

“We would welcome anyone interested in having a few hours of gentle, fresh-air, exercise, fun and a lot of satisfaction to join on Saturday, April 2.”

Volunteer should gather at 10am at the Ainsley car park. The collection should take about two hours.

Alistair commented: “Over the past nine years we have made a great impact and there has been a great reduction in litter over the years.

In 2007, the campaign collected more than 850 bags of rubbish from Ayrshire’s beaches. In 2013, helped by a spell of friendly off-shore winds, we only collected 400 bags.

“But his winter’s winds have been less friendly. Over the years we have made a huge difference, and we would like to do so again this year.

“We have a lovely harbour with the River Girvan making its way to sea, invoking thoughts of fishing and ice cream – however the beach can get so full of litter over the winter.”

Volunteers should wear warm clothing, stout footwear and all else they need is gardening gloves and plenty of enthusiasm.

The club has a limited supply of gloves and litter tongs, and an unlimited supply of bin bags. Council staff will uplift the rubbish that is collected.