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Published date : 23 Sep 2019

Largo MSP, Jenny Gilruth, hosted a beach clean today (23/09/19) in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and local volunteers at Lower Largo beach.

Over 70 volunteers attended the event, which included local residents, employees from local businesses and Lundin Mill Primary School students.

The MSP’s event was part of MCS’s ‘The Great British Beach Clean’ campaign, and part of the ‘Citizen Science Project’ which endeavours to help clear and survey the litter found on the beaches of Scotland.

Last year, 2,913 Scottish volunteers took part in beach cleans across Scotland, removing an incredible 75,807 individual items of litter at 135 beach cleans along 15,680 metres of Scottish coastline.

Commenting after the event, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

“I was delighted to be the first MSP to host a beach clean as part of The Great British Beach Clean today in Lower Largo.

“The impact of litter, plastic and pollution on the local environment is a concern for all of the communities I represent. Our beaches are no different and with large amounts of rubbish being washed ashore it is important to act in an effort to combat the issue.

“I would like to offer my thanks to everyone that came along today and worked hard to help clean our coastline in Lower Largo, and to the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust for providing litter pickers and refuse bags.”

Catherine Gemmell, an MCS Scotland Conservation Officer commented before the event:

“It’s fantastic to see that local MSP Jenny Gilruth will be joining us at Lower Largo to support our Great British Beach Clean; it’s really important for decision-makers to see how much litter, especially plastic, makes its way on to our beaches.

“We hope that Ms Gilruth’s attendance at the Great British Beach Clean will encourage local constituents to join us for an eye-opening day on the beaches of Lower Largo. It’s vital that we all continue to work together to stop the tide of plastic in our oceans.”


Local Reporters, East Fife Mail, Glenrothes Gazette, Courier (Fife)

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