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Govan community comes together to clean up the Clyde

14 April 2022

Glasgow-based businesses, community groups, individuals and local MP Councillor Chris Stevens came together on 13 April for a litter pick in Govan – collecting 50 bags of litter.

BAE Systems, Edrington, Rangers Charity Foundation, Govan HELP, Make Do and Grow, and Govan Volunteer Bank joined us and Govan Housing Association’s Community Clean Up Hub for the day of litter action, which also included a litter survey on the banks of the River Clyde.

The litter pick was part our national Spring Clean campaign, which was launched by us, Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater and Historic Scotland on 18 March at Blackness Castle in Linlithgow. The four weeks of litter-busting activities, helping clean up Scotland, run until 21 April. Marine litter – and tackling the problem on the River Clyde – is also the focus of our award-winning campaign, Upstream Battle.

Govan Housing Association became a Community Clean Up Hub last year. The Hub is supported by BAE Systems as part of their commitment to the local community and to Upstream Battle, helping deal with litter from source to sea.

The litter survey, using citizen science to understand how, where and what types of litter are getting into the Clyde, was followed by a clean up in the Govan area. There was also a chance to find out more about the Govan Stones, a medieval archaeological landmark on the site of the Govan Old Parish Church – the meeting point for the day.

Keep Scotland Beautiful, BAE Systems and Govan Housing Association are working together to empower local communities who are frustrated by litter. Keep Scotland Beautiful’s research has revealed that 88% of Scots agree that litter is a problem across Scotland – and 70% are concerned about litter in their area. For those frustrated by litter in their community or the places they visit, Spring Clean Scotland is the perfect opportunity to make a difference by picking up litter. The charity and businesses are urging everyone to get involved until 21 April and help make the places we care about cleaner and safer for people and animals.

Barry Fisher, our Chief Executive, said:

“We’ve been working with BAE Systems and Govan Housing Association to strengthen our campaign, Upstream Battle on the Clyde and its tributaries. The Govan Community Clean Up Hub has been a great success, and we’re delighted that businesses and the community supported it – and our Spring Clean Campaign – by joining in the clean up on the Clyde. This is a really great example of the positive engagement we are seeing through our joint work in the communities.”

Paul Feely, Ships Academy and Engineering Director at BAE Systems, said: “It’s fantastic to see our employees walking the streets of Govan alongside members of the community. Our shipbuilding sites at Govan and Scotstoun are literally in the heart of the city through which the River Clyde runs through and we rely on the river for our very existence as a business, but the river also has so much to offer back to us and the communities that live along it. That’s why the work that Keep Scotland Beautiful does and activities like the one we’re supporting here today are so important. Our partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful is one way we can help support action, reconnect our employees and our communities with the Clyde and ultimately protect our environment.”

Kerry-Ann Wallace, Director of Customer Services, Govan Housing Association, said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our work with Keep Scotland Beautiful and BAE Systems, making it a priority to improve our local community and help everyone take pride in Govan by keeping the area clean and safe. We know that from listening to local people there is a clear connection between poor local environmental quality and anti-social behaviour. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a great day of litter picking in our community and along the Clyde.”

Find out how you can get involved in Upstream Battle across the Clyde Valley at – and join our Spring Clean campaign at

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