The Easter Clear up is underway

Last Wednesday saw the first sessions in our Tidy, Clean and Green Easter tour begin with an extraordinarily successful Canal Clear up carried out by local youth groups and an incredible effort by members of the Addictions Support and Counselling Forth valley Recovery Group to clear the grass area next to Camelon Juniors FC Car park of all the discarded rubbish. The efforts of both events were noted and praised by many local people and the feedback on social media has been tremendous, so I would like to use this week’s blog to thank the partners who made this collaboration so successful and who helped demonstrate that when we all work together, we really can make a significant difference and create a community that is Tidy, Clean and Green.  The Canal Clear up has been supported by a generous grant from the Great Places Falkirk Development Fund and their contribution has enabled the participating groups to engage with the social and natural heritage of the canal and make a difference to the safety and quality of this great green space. The day’s activities were delivered and supported by Scottish Canals, TCV Scotland, Falkirk Council Waste Services, St Mungo’s High School achieve group and coordinated as part of our local community safety programme. The Easter school holiday fortnight has a youth focus on the canal whilst other community volunteers are concentrating on the streets and public spaces in Camelon and Tamfourhill. The great news is that the Canal Clear ups will be running monthly from May to August so there will be plenty of spaces and opportunities for local people and their families to get involved.   I will detail in next weeks blog and in our social media platforms how you can get involved and I would encourage you to come and make the most of the experiences, in addition to helping look after our environment, the younger participants are all receiving certificates of volunteering through the Saltire Award and other accreditations are being gained through learning new water-based safety skills.

Please enjoy these photographs from last week’s clear up along with some of the quotes from the participating young people:    

“Something I didn’t realise was just how much litter there actually was”

The youth groups excelled at the workshop session held at Tamfourhill Community Hub when they learnt about the danger of plastics to the environment and how we need to think global but act local.

There was a real social aspect to the days activities , new friendships were made through the different challenges on the canal

I learnt new skills using a paddleboard but I didn’t know that canoes are so hard to paddle

next time I would like my own canoe

I really enjoyed being with my new friend and learning how to use a canoe

And finally a view of the wonderful job the ASC Recovery Group carried out to clear all the litter from the grass area beside Camelon Juniors FC Car park: The difference is night and day

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