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East Lothian Man is Clean Up Scotland's Hero of the Month

An East Lothian man has received the national Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award in recognition of his continued commitment to cleaning-up Scotland’s beaches.

Andy Bradshaw has spent hundreds of hours in all weather conditions collecting rubbish and waste from Gosford Bay, getting to and from the beach using only public transport. Andy’s efforts have been supported by East Lothian Countryside Rangers service, who have kept him supplied with materials to carry out the clean-ups and then collecting the filled rubbish sacks to dispose of them.  

Andy, who is retired, carries out twice weekly rubbish collecting visits to the Bay, on one occasion filling more than 50 refuse sacks in just one day. He was nominated for the national award by Duncan Priddle, a countryside officer with East Lothian Council.

Andy Bradshaw commented:

“I used to regularly enjoy walks around the East Lothian coast but became increasingly aware of the amount of litter I saw. While the initial clean of the beach was quite a daunting and challenging task I’ve shown that with persistence even the worst of beaches can be restored to how nature intended.

“While collecting rubbish is not the most exciting of jobs, I get a sense of ownership of my patch and it feels really rewarding to walk along a nice, clean beach at the end of a hard day of litter picking - until the tide comes in.”

Andy was presented with the Clean Up Scotland Hero award by Juliette Camburn, Community Projects Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful. The Clean Up Scotland Hero award is supported by Helping Hand Environmental which provides each Hero with a Clean Up kit - including a new Scottish litter picker and handy hoop.

Community Projects Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:

“The transformation in Gosford Bay with Andy’s efforts is a fantastic achievement and one he should be very proud of. The volume of litter he has collected has made a massive difference to the quality of the East Lothian coast and is something which will be enjoyed and appreciated by all the visitors to the Bay.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful recognises that there are many volunteers across Scotland who are working very hard to clean up and green up their local area. I would encourage everyone to consider nominating their local Clean Up Scotland Hero so that they too can be recognised for their hard work.”

We encourage everyone to get involved by visiting www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupscotland to find out how you can help with the campaign’s ambition to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.

31 January 2017

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