Nominate a hero
We want to celebrate the fantastic work of volunteers who Clean Up Scotland. Every month, since January 2013, we have awarded a Clean Up Scotland Hero to recognise the outstanding contribution of an individual or group to cleaning up Scotland. That is more than 60 heroes so far...
Our heroes all demonstrate sustained commitment to cleaning up a local area, and have facilitated and encouraged an improvement in quality of our local environments. For more information, please see our Hero Criteria. We present heroes with a certificate and a Clean Up kit (kindly provided by Helping Hand Environmental), containing:
- Keep Scotland Beautiful Scottish Streetmaster Litterpicker
- Adult Hi Vis Vest
- Adult PVC Gloves
- Tidy Up Kit Bag
- Handihoop Bag Opener
Be inspired by our last 12 Clean Up Scotland heroes
May 2018 - Rachel McNeil
Rachel McNeil, a long standing volunteer of Denny & Dunipace based Community Green Initiative, was nominated for the award in recognition of her continued commitment to the group. Rachel has been with the group for the whole ten years, as a school volunteer, university student and lastly, following graduation, as a member of the group’s management committee.
Rachel was the coordinator of the group’s very successful Wildlife Monitoring Project which captured on film the first officially recorded pine marten in Falkirk District. She is also an active volunteer locally and across Falkirk District working with the Outdoor Rangers and the Forestry Commission.
February 2018 - Ella Ritch
Ella Ritch, aged 12, from Dunblane was presented with this award because of her commitment to remove litter from Scotland's countryside. Over the past year Ella has also kept a blog about her adventures which see her remove litter in her #2MinuteCleanUp bag. Read more here.
November 2017 - Jonathan Rainey
West Dunbartonshire man, Jonathan Rainey is a hero because since 2012 he has regularly carried out litter picks of the places that he cares about. He also showed outstanding efforts to support our #SipDontTip exhibition exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. In response to our public appeal, he collected hundreds of coffee cup lids, labelled each lid with details where they were found, so they could become an integral part of the exhibition. Read more here.
August 2017 - Shore Sweepers
Moira Tester, the founding member of Shore Sweepers, a community group based in Kilmun, Argyll & Bute, accepted our award for displaying an ongoing commitment to tidying up the beaches along the Cowal Peninsula. Shore Sweepers has grown into an active, collaborative and inclusive group - which now supports all communities along the same 12 mile stretch of shoreline, with coastal clean up efforts. Read more here.
May 2017 - Glyn Chadwick
Aberdour man, Glyn Chadwick was recognised as a hero for his ongoing efforts to clear litter from Fife's roads and verges and for his work with the wider community to raise awareness of the impacts of littering. He has worked tirelessly for almost 20 years to help clear litter from the A921 and surrounding areas working with Fife Council to help dispopse of the waste. Read more here.
April 2018 - Street Stuff
Street Stuff, a Renfrewshire youth initiative has been recognised of its efforts to engage young people in improving the litter, graffiti and dog fouling levels in their own communities.
Street Stuff volunteers and coaching staff from St Mirren FC have assisted Renfrewshire Council with community clean up activities, including removing graffiti from public spaces and spraying dog fouling with paint to make it more visible. Read more here.
January 2018 - Julian Scott
The first young person of 2018, the Year of Young People, to become a hero was student Julian Scott, 20, from Dundee. He was nominated by Dundee City Council for his clean ups of Dundee Law which he does up to three times a week, removing significants amount of rubbish. Read more here.
October 2017 - Sorcha Cantwell
Largs hero Sorcha Cantwell is a hero because of her massive efforts to clean up the beaches along the North and West coast of Scotland. She has gathered a large number of supporters, and spends her spare time putting raising awareness of beach and coastal litter and its impacts on Scotland with politicians, communtiies and industry. Read more here.
July 2017 - Chloe Todd
Eight year old Chloe Todd from Arbroath, Angus was nominated as a hero by Keptie Friends for her regular attendance at Pondie Clean Ups and support of their campaigns. She also designed her own posters for a dog fouling campaign and ran her own 'Bread is Bad for the ducks' initiative. Read more here.
March 2018 - Sunnyside Primary School
Primary three ornithologists represented Sunnyside Primary School, Glasgow, at a visit to the Scottish Seabird Centre where they were presented with our Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award by Tom Brock, CEO at the centre, and one of our Charity Trustees. The award was presenented in recognition of the primary schools recent efforts to raise awareness of plastic marine litter. Read more about there visit here.
December 2017 - Colin Mackie
Colin Mackie, of Bridgeton, was our last hero of the year, for his work as a leading member of Friends of Southern Necropolis and the Southern Necropolis Action Group. A Glasgow City Council Neighbourhood Improvement Volunteer, Colin, has helped to lead regular community clean ups turning the Southern Necropolis into an acclaimed community project and a cleaner, safer and welcoming place to visit. Read more here.
September 2017 - Cumnock Action Plan Group
Members of Cumnock Action Plan Group became heroes for the work they have been doing over the past two years to bring forward a range of improvements throughout the town, including implementing a raft of litter, recycling and gardening initiatives for the area. Read more here.
June 2017 - Lochinver Little LitterPickers
The Lochinver Early Learning Centre was recognised as a Clean Up Scotland Hero for raising awareness of environmental issues with its little learners. They worked with us through our Wrigley LitterLess Campaign to learn about marine litter, recycling and the impact that microbeads and glitter has on our seas. Read more here.