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Dundee student receives Clean Up Scotland hero award

Julian Scott, a student at the University of Dundee, has been presented with our January Clean Up Scotland “Hero of the Month” award in recognition of his efforts to remove litter from Dundee Law.

Julian, 20, was nominated by Dundee City Council Community Participation Officer, Colin Donald, for his regular litter patrols of the hill. Throughout 2017 Julian removed a significant amount of rubbish - visiting the hill up to three times a week.

Julian Scott, who is the first young person of 2018, the Year of Young People, to receive the Clean Up Scotland award, commented: “I have lived next to Dundee's iconic hill the Law for most of my life. I've spent countless hours up there over the years playing, walking and enjoying the stunning summit views.

“My family have been quite involved in caring for the park over the years, and my parents used to donate £2 to a charity of our choice for every bag of rubbish we collected. I also completed the John Muir Conservation Award on the hill with a group of good friends. I am now a 3rd year Geography student at Dundee University and still live at home, right next door to the Law. Through the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award I am also working as a volunteer for Dundee Law Heritage Project for an hour or two a week. The group is led by local countryside ranger Colin and is working to care for and improve the city's most distinctive landmark. One of the key jobs on the hill is, sadly, collecting litter.

“I enjoy being able to improve the appearance of the site, however, it often feels like a never-ending struggle and a change in public behaviour is urgently required. 

“Thankfully, I occasionally bump into folk who are appreciative of my work. Just the other day someone told me I deserved a medal for my efforts... It now seems I've got one! Thank you 'Keep Scotland Beautiful'!”

On presenting the award and Clean Up kit donated by The Helping Hand Company, Heather McLaughlin, said: “I would like to commend Julian for his commitment to keeping Dundee Law litter free. It is thanks to the hard work and determination of organisations and volunteers like Julian that we can protect local spaces for the enjoyment of local people and raise awareness of the litter blight ruining Scotland’s landscape.

“Every month we recognise the hard work of volunteers across Scotland who clean up and green up their local area, and during 2018, in celebration of the Year of Young People, we plan to celebrate all those heroes under the age of 26. I would encourage everyone to consider nominating their local Clean Up Scotland Hero, so that their hard work can also be celebrated.”

Dundee City Council neighbourhood services convener Councillor Kevin Cordell said: “I am delighted that Julian has won this prestigious accolade. “The council and its partners are encouraging people to look after their local environment through our Take Pride in Your City campaign.

“Julian is a real example of how local volunteers make a real impact in their area. I hope he will inspire even more young people to get involved.”

17 January 2018

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