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- Get to know...John MacLennan
- Get to know...Sandy Scott
- How Eco-Schools benefits pupils, teachers and communities
- Community gardening for climate, nature and heritage in Cumbernauld
- Tackling the litter emergency to protect our wild isles
- Scotland isn't looking so beautiful. We can change that.
- Get to know... Green Flag Award Judges
- Collaboration and innovation to tackle marine litter
- An introduction to Kinnesswood in Bloom...
- The litter emergency
- Our charity faces the environmental challenges ahead with optimism
- Wrapping up 2022
- Biodiversity - Reflections on COP15
- Small steps to protect biodiversity
- Why Mountains Matter
- It’s not just bees and butterflies on your flowers
- Wet Wipes - What's the Issue?
- Young Reporters on the Route: The Launch of Running Out of Time
- Getting to know... Tom Brock OBE
- Getting to know...Kyle Usher
- A busy day for Upstream Battle education
- Planning a Wedding with the Planet in Mind
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- Climate Emergency Training provides positive opportunities for young people
- Making climate action possible for everyone
- Reasons to be positive
- Shotts is ACTing NOW on climate change
- Hope is a Garden
- Do we need the word 'pests' anymore?
- Beautiful Scotland judging - the truth
- Supporting Scotland to be the very greenest destination it can be
- Arbroath - working together, inspiring local climate action and improving lives
- Reflections of a beach manager
- I do like to be beside the seaside
- Climate Action Schools - helping young people take action
- Inspiring and empowering young people
- Climate Ready Classrooms at George Heriot's
- Data drives decisions
- Litter, fines and doing time
- Why our Web Developer Cameron loves being part of Team KSB
- It's only one
- Why join the family of It’s Your Neighbourhood?
- YoungScot Legacy Event
- Why it is the sea and SDG 14 for me
- Litter picking - a surprisingly fun group activity
- Climate Action Skills and positive action for all
- Seeing community groups thrive with Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood
- (What to do on) a dreich morning on the Firth of Clyde
- West Lothian Litter Pickers – How I got involved
- Scotland’s Climate Festival – Seed funding for community action
- Climate Ready Classrooms at St. Paul’s RC High School
- Scottish Book Trust representative joins Pocket Garden judging panel
- Have #YourSayOnLitter - we plan to...
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- Getting to Know...Colin
- Creative Careers: Spotlight on Heritage #NoWrongPath
- Celebrating Scotland’s best managed green and blue spaces
- Taking small steps towards a more sustainable future
- Caring for our planet
- Football’s Power to Combat Climate Change
- Our work on the COP26 Youth Climate Programme
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- Scotland’s Climate Festival kicks off in Falkirk
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- Our Week of Climate Action
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- Getting to know... Lisa Snedden
- Combating climate change with information, education and training
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- Littering less at St Joseph's Primary School in Glasgow
- Smashing litter picking targets during an unexpected stay in Scotland
- Keeping our communities beautiful
- Celebrating our brilliant volunteers
- Designing a pocket garden
- Getting to know... Nicola Smith
- East Haven Together
- It’s time to litter-ly turn anger into action
- Working in partnership to give communities a helping hand to clean up Scotland
- Why Beautiful Scotland is important to Lauder in Bloom
- We can all be climate ready
- Climate Ready Classrooms at Speyside High School
- Taking part in It's Your Neighbourhood
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- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
🎵When I was waking up in 2021, well I knew we were gonna be, we were gonna be keeping Scotland beautiful and litter picking too. 🎵
When we went into lockdown last March one of the first things I had to do was cancel our Spring Clean. As you can imagine #TeamKSBScot was eager to bring it back again this year and we’ve been delighted to see the same, if not more, support from individuals, communities and partners as we’ve always had.
The Summer Clean was a little different this year from our normal Spring Clean. Just before Christmas we decided to delay the 2021 Spring Clean from its normal April and May timeframe due to ongoing restrictions, and push it into June, when hopefully things would be opening back up, making it a Summer Clean. After a year in various stages of lockdown, working remotely and not being able to meet in large groups outdoors it was tough to get my head around the idea of how a Summer Clean could work. Under normal circumstances we’d be encouraging groups across Scotland to organise public events with as many people as possible involved in litter picking activities. The images we normally use would feature large groups of people, huddled together, waving litter pickers, smiling and surrounding a pile of bags full of litter. That clearly couldn’t happen this year, instead we needed to ensure we had a flexible plan to support individuals and small groups, which could be adapted to whatever stage of lockdown we might be in when the Summer Clean arrived (and it always comes sooner that I’m ready for!).
This year we joined forces once again with Keep Britain Tidy and Keep Wales Tidy to support the Great British Spring Clean and work towards a UK-wide Million Mile Mission. As soon as we started talking about miles and encouraging supporters to pledge to litter pick miles we knew that in Scotland we were gonna be asking partners and organisations to pledge 500 miles (what other figure could we use!).
The goal was set, and organisations and community groups jumped at the chance to support us with our goal to clean up Scotland.
I was eager to make sure I was out and about, litter picking and meeting fellow litter pickers during the Summer Clean. When I was told the Great Angus Beach Clean was launching the same day as we were it felt like the perfect opportunity to join one of our most active community groups, East Haven Together. It also provided me with an excuse to nip to my mum’s in Montrose for a homecooked meal the night before.
Just as it always does (not), the sun came out on the day ready for us to litter pick and get some photos. Although, having not seen people for so long, we all chatted for so long that the haar came in just in time for the interviews to take place.
My next stop was going to be a solo litter pick down the East Coast, however an opportunity to join a litter pick with Ladyloan Primary School in Arbroath cropped up. The Daily Mail photographer was interested in doing more photos there, and here I was as someone who could casually say ‘I happen to have a litter picking costume in my car….’ Half an hour later I was on a beach in Arbroath dressed as a crisp packet, getting photographed with lots of kids litter picking around me!
I’m proud to say the rest of the Summer Clean was as busy as the launch day. We had a series of partners and community groups mass pledge their time, lots of activity taking place that I unfortunately could only join digitally, and during the timeframe we had events and actions take place in every local authority across Scotland.
So, thanks to those of you who pledged minutes, organised events and shared our messages. Amazingly, we managed to litter pick over 75,000 miles! You have all helped us keep Scotland beautiful…
…now, let’s keep it that way!
Check out the Summer Clean impact stats.