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Local Hero Cleans Up Award

We were delighted to present our Clean Up Scotland Hero award in recognition of Renfrew local's efforts to clean up his local community.

Neil Paterson, from the local group “Renfrew White Cart River Bank Nature Spot” has scooped national recognition for his work in coordinating litter picks and clean ups, particularly for supporting our recent clean up event with Chivas Brothers. The event was a huge success with 180 bags of litter cleared from the Clyde Coastal River Path and White Cart area.

A Renfrew resident for over 30 years, Neil has organised well over 20 local clean up events in the last two years, often involving local businesses and organisations in his work including the Normandy Hotel, local school students, the Scouts and YMCA.

Neil has used his photography skills to share the scale of his work which has greatly improved areas of littered and neglected former industrial land. By co-ordinating a team of community volunteers, he removes litter surrounding the White Cart River on a regular basis. His collaborative efforts ensure that litter is properly recycled following the clean ups. His latest project is to clear the former route of the Renfrew to Paisley railway line, which had been blocked by huge volumes of fly tipping under the bridge at Wright Street. 

Neil commented: “I've had the pleasure of co-directing a couple of renaturing projects with Kristina Semple, who started activities in August 2017 and has been an inspiration ever since, with the objective of tidying up local natural land, creating a sense of community and raising awareness of the importance of nature to peoples' wellbeing.

The enthusiasm and support from the Community, Local Businesses and Renfrewshire Council has been brilliant and it's astounding to see what can be achieved by like-minded folk getting together for a few hours here and there, doing some work, enjoying each other's company and having a blether.

I'm very flattered to receive this award from Keep Scotland Beautiful and would like to dedicate to everyone who has helped make a difference through our two project"

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, commented: “Neil typifies the amazing community members we have in Renfrewshire who have taken our Team Up to Clean Up campaign to their hearts and are working hard to make our area a cleaner, brighter place to live, work and visit. We’ll continue to do all we can to support volunteers like Neil and we can’t wait to see the amazing work our communities will do in the future.”

Neil was presented with the award by our Community Projects Officer Heather McLaughlin, who said: “Neil is a great example of the kind of personal commitment to improving their local environment that should be a lesson to us all. Every month we recognise the hard work of volunteers across Scotland who clean up and green up their local area. I would encourage everyone to consider nominating their local Clean Up Scotland Hero, so that their hard work can also be celebrated.”

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

To find out more about Clean Up Scotland please click here.

27 June 2019

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