Beach clean-up hero’s award

Alistair Wallace, who has won a Keep Scotland Beautiful award, cleaning up Girvan beach with Ruth Wallace and Kirsty McWilliams.
Alistair Wallace, who has won a Keep Scotland Beautiful award, cleaning up Girvan beach with Ruth Wallace and Kirsty McWilliams.

Girvan’s Alistair Wallace has been awarded the Keep Scotland Beautiful spring clean award for exceptional efforts to improve Scotland’s environment.

For a number of years now Alistair has been organising the Girvan Rotary’s beach clean activities and in that time the event has grown from cleaning the Girvan South Beach each spring to also cleaning Girvan’s North Beach and this year cleaning the beach at Ballantrae.

By putting leaflets through Girvan letterboxes and advertising the beach clean days in the local press and on social media the number turning out to help with the beach cleans has grown steadily.

“We had Cubs, Scouts, church members, local residents, and even a nursery taking part, said a Girvan Rotary spokesperson.

“The litter came in all shapes and sizes, from plastic bottles to discarded rope, dog poo bags, polystyrene, rags, tyres and loads more.

“It was great to see the dozens of tired, smiling, rosy cheeked smiling faces standing by their sacks of litter at the end of these all-day events. It’s the helpers that make these events a success.

“The good folks of Ballantrae in South Ayrshire, under the command of local scout leader Kate Thomson, had the bright idea of holding a beach bonfire and food event at the end of their beach clean – well done to them.”

“What a wonderful surprise to have won the Spring Clean Hero Award for 2018,” said Alastair, who was nominated as a Clean Up Scotland Hero.