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Cumnock community group praised for clean up campaign

Volunteers receive national recognition for environmental efforts

A Cumnock community group has been presented with the prestigious Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award, in recognition of its efforts in helping to improve Cumnock town centre. The award is part of the national Clean up Scotland campaign, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Cumnock Action Plan Group has been working for the past two years to bring forward a range of improvements throughout the town, including implementing a Community Action Plan which proposed a raft of litter, recycling and gardening initiatives for the area.

The Group regularly undertakes clean up campaigns throughout Cumnock, which attract a range of local volunteers who help to deliver significant environmental improvements by removing debris from public parks, pathways and roadsides.

Neil Given, who leads on outdoor activities, open spaces and better town appearance for Cumnock Action Plan Group, was presented with the award by Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Heather McLaughlin. The award is supported by The Helping Hand Company which provides each Hero with a Clean Up kit - including a new Scottish litter picker and handy hoop. 

Neil commented:

“At Cumnock Action Plan Group one of our roles is to bring everyone in the community together. We are really pleased that our litter clean up campaigns have attracted a wide range of local volunteers and helped to inspire even more people to become involved in improving their local environment.

“We recognise that the people of Cumnock need to take ownership and pride in all aspects of the town. That is why we have created the “Cumnock is Ours” logo, helping to inspire our volunteers to be proud of their town and get further involved in our activities.” 

Cumnock Action Plan Group recently won the Let’s Clean Up Europe photo competition in Scotland, where volunteers from across Europe submitted a picture of their clean up activities on social media - the winner was the group with the most likes and shares. 

Heather McLaughlin, Community Projects Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful commented:

“The commitment and drive demonstrated by Cumnock Action Plan Group should be commended. Having identified clear priorities to help improve the whole of Cumnock, the group has brought forward sustainable initiatives which are helping to deliver a range of local environmental improvements.

“The work undertaken by Cumnock Action Plan Group, and local volunteers, is helping to improve local spaces for local people - creating more community pride. The group is a very worthy local hero.”

The Clean Up Scotland campaign encourages everyone to get involved by visiting www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupscotland to find out how you can help with the achieve their ambition to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.

21 September 2017

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