It's Spring Clean Time Again!

by Alastair Hamilton -

Shetland Amenity Trust has announced the dates for Shetland's 27th annual Voar Redd Up, with the main weekend to take place on 26th and 27th April 2014.

Originally launched in 1988, Da Voar Redd Up – which means The Spring Clear Up – quickly became the largest such community-based voluntary event of its kind in the UK, with over 20% of Shetland's population regularly volunteering for the event. Last year, 4,769 participants volunteered more than 13,000 man hours to collect over 68 tonnes of bruck from roadside verges, beaches and coastline.

Sita Goudie, Environmental Improvement Project Officer with Shetland Amenity Trust, commented:

“What is achieved through Da Voar Redd Up is incredible, and we hope 2014 will again rid our landscapes of a significant volume of litter. Groups which participated last year should be receiving registration forms soon. For those who have not taken part before, or individuals who would like to join a group in their area, please contact the Trust or log onto the Redd Up pages on the website for further details on how to get involved.”

As well as providing an opportunity for the community to improve their environment, taking part in the Redd Up can raise funds for local groups through sponsorship, and businesses and schools can earn points towards environmental schemes and awards. Young Scot card holders can also earn points through the Young Scot Reward Scheme.

Shetland Amenity Trust supplies all gloves and bags for the Redd Up, and takes away all the rubbish (or "bruck") collected, free of charge. The event receives cash or in-kind help from BP Sullom Voe, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Shetland Islands Council.

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