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Wick litter-pick helpers sought for Spring Clean Scotland events

By Alan Hendry

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Volunteers gathering at Wick's old herring mart before the first of three Spring Clean Scotland litter-picks in 2023.
Volunteers gathering at Wick's old herring mart before the first of three Spring Clean Scotland litter-picks in 2023.

A rallying call has gone out to members of the public who are willing to help spruce up the Wick area at a series of three planned events in March and April.

The Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council (RBWCC) is again leading local efforts for the annual Spring Clean Scotland, which this year runs from March 15 to April 28.

In a message to supporters, organiser Allan Bruce, who is vice-chairman of the community council, said: "We have enlisted the help of the Wick Paths Group and between us we will be holding organised litter-pick events during the campaign dates. Why not come along and join us?"

The first event is on Sunday, March 17, concentrating on the Grizzly Park and South Head area. Volunteers are asked to meet at the old herring mart at Wick harbour

The second litter-pick is scheduled for Wick Airport Industrial Estate and the nearby forest area on Sunday, March 31. The meeting place is behind Sutherland Brothers' premises.

The final event on Sunday, April 21, will cover general areas of the town and the meeting place is the car park opposite the Norseman Hotel.

All three events have 10am start time.

Mr Bruce said: "We would be delighted to see local businesses, schools and community groups get involved, either by attending an organised event or by organising one of their own.

"If you haven’t got time to organise a full event, you can still do your bit by doing a two-minute clean-up near you. Nip out in the morning, over your lunch break or in the evening and pick up whatever you can.

"Grab a bag – a plastic bag for life will do. Get outdoors and pick up any littered items you find. Remember to be safe and use gloves and a picker if you have one.

"Take a quick photo showing what you have collected and we will promote your efforts and encourage others to join in at the Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council Facebook page."

Spring Clean Scotland is run by the environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

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