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West Lothian local named Clean Up Scotland Hero


15 December 2021

Winchburgh resident, Aileen Murdoch, has been presented with a Clean Up Scotland Hero award for her tireless weekly efforts to litter pick come rain or shine.

Aileen litter picked locally for years before working with the Winchburgh Community Growing Group to launch the Winchburgh Wombles in June 2020. She has, locally, racked up the most hours and bags as part of the groups’ overall 169 hours and 9,090 bags. She also delivers all the PPE and stock to new Wombles and helps guide them on board. Nothing is ever too much trouble and Aileen is truly a unique community hero and inspiration!

Penny Lochhead, Winchburgh Developments Community, Greenspace and Sports Manager, said: “We are thrilled Aileen has this much deserved recognition, she is the power and inspiration to so many in the Womble network in the village and we are delighted to support her and the other amazing volunteers as they continually undertake amazing work throughout the community.”

Heather McLaughlin, Campaigns Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “People such as Aileen, who give their time to cleaning up their local areas, are true heroes. Over the past decade we have seen a steady increase in the amount of litter across Scotland. However, despite the challenges we have all faced over the last 18 months we have been heartened by the increasing number of people like Aileen taking action to tackle litter across our beautiful country.”

Aileen received her Clean Up kit at a ceremony where the Winchburgh Community Growing Group were planting 1000 trees in the community woodland on 11 December. The kit of goodies, to help with future litter picks, has been provided courtesy of our partner, Helping Hand Environmental.

Anyone who lives locally who might want to sign up to become a Winchburgh Womble can find out more on their sign-up page


If you are feeling inspired by Aileen, find out more about how you can join or organize a litter pick as part of our Spring Clean Scotland (21 March – 21 April 2022). It’s a perfect opportunity to help keep Scotland beautiful. Spring Clean Scotland


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