Local children recognised for commitment to cleaning up Clackmannanshire

Youngest ever children presented with national environmental award

This month we have presented Amelia Oliver, aged 6, and Riley Macfarlane, aged 4, from Sauchie with our prestigious Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award in recognition of their enthusiasm for keeping their local community clean by picking up litter. 

Amelia and Oliver received the award, which is part of the national Clean Up Scotland campaign, in acknowledgement of their continued commitment to clearing Sauchie of litter. They are the youngest Clean Up Scotland heroes ever, hopefully they can inspired their friends and classmates to take action in their communities too! 

Their mum, Carrie Brennan is regularly persuaded by the children to take them outside to pick up litter. The children often visit Branshill Park and have spent many hours clearing rubbish there.

Carrie Brennan commented:

“I am really proud of the children for receiving this award. They are really keen litter pickers and it is a great way to get them outside and spending quality time in the fresh air.

“Amelia loves litter picking ‘because it helps the earth and the animals’ and Riley always tells me how much fun he has had. The children recently asked me for equipment that they could use, and the Hero kit will be a big help in future litter picks.”

Every month, since January 2013, Keep Scotland Beautiful has presented a Clean Up Scotland Hero award, recognising the outstanding contribution of an individual, or group, to cleaning up Scotland. To support Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, all Clean Up Scotland heroes in 2018 are under the age of 26.

The Hero of the Month award is supported by The Helping Hand Company which provide each Hero with a Clean Up kit - including a new Scottish litter picker and handy hoop. 

Heather McLaughlin, Community Project Officer with Keep Scotland Beautiful presented the award. She said:

“I would like to commend Amelia and Riley for their enthusiasm for picking up litter locally. They really do set a high standard for other young people. I really hope that their commitment motivates people, young and old, to get involved and take responsibility for their litter. 

“There are volunteers all across Scotland like Amelia and Riley who are working very hard to clean up and green up their local area. In this important Year of Young People 2018, I would encourage everyone to nominate their young local heroes for our Hero of the Month award.”


If you are inspired by our young Clean Up heroes why don't you try organising your own Clean Up event? Alternatively you can visit our Clean Up Scotland pages to find out how you can help with the campaign’s ambition to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe!



31 October 2018

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