Shetland has won the National Spring Clean Quaich, awarded by Keep Scotland Beautiful in recognition of the tremendous success of their efforts. A total of 4,157 people from Shetland participated in clean up events during April as part of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean 2009 and Da Voar Redd Up – the highest percentage participation per head of population (at 19 per cent) when compared to any other area across Scotland.
The Shetland Amenity Trust, supported by Shetland Islands Council, encouraged many individuals to get involved in the campaign, with local community councils and BP providing funding.
Keep Scotland Beautiful chief executive John Summers said: “The sheer number of people who volunteered to really make a difference to their own area is staggering. We are extremely grateful to the Shetland Amenity Trust and Shetland Council for geeing up enthusiasm in the event, and to all the volunteers for taking part.
“While we are delighted that so many people got involved with this year’s clean up event, unfortunately until littering becomes socially unacceptable the underlying problem – litter on our streets, beaches and open spaces – will continue and community clean up events will still be necessary, both to raise awareness of the issue and to make a difference and actually remove litter.”
Councillor Jim Henry, the SIC environment spokesman, said: “I am pleased to see so many people in Shetland once again taking part in Shetland’s annual spring clean, Da Voar Redd Up.
“This award recognises the effort and commitment of Shetland’s people to maintain the pristine environment of the Shetland Islands. On behalf of Shetland Amenity Trust, Shetland Islands Council, sponsors and the people of Shetland I am delighted to receive this award.”