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Schoolboy recognised for environmental efforts

Rudy Shannon (aged 14) from Kirkintilloch has received our Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award in recognition for his ongoing commitment to inspiring his peers and group with their environmental effort and helping remove litter from the local area and the Luggie Water.

Having helped pick up litter for over four years, Rudy has been regularly attending activities arranged by Luggiewatch - a local group committed to protecting and improving the wildlife corridor connected with the Luggie Water burn, which stretches from North Lanarkshire to the River Kelvin. Luggiewatch are one of the community groups, termed Anchor Groups, involved with our award-winning Upstream Battle campaign to tackle marine litter on the River Clyde.

Rudy, who is now vice chair of the group, has managed to inspire many more people to become motivated about maintaining their own local environment. As a result, he has had his teachers, school friends and family join him on his regular litter picks of the area.

Rudy said: “I got involved with Luggiewatch when I was 11. I saw all of the good work they did for the community and wanted to be a part of that.

“It is great to receive this award. The environment is really important to me and my future on this planet. If everyone gets involved we may have a chance of saving it.”

Rudy recently applied to the Tom Hunter Foundation for a grant to help buy new tools for the group. Armed with their new equipment, and a new container to keep it in, Luggiewatch has just had its first meeting and is putting plans together for the year – including a clean up of the canal on 16 February to support the Seagull Trust, and ongoing support for Upstream Battle.

Our Chairman Lindsay Montgomery CBE, nominated Rudy for the award after meeting him at an event to celebrate the work of the Anchor Groups. With our support, the groups have received training to gather evidence on the litter found on their local waterway to deliver localised behaviour change campaigns. Lindsay commented:

“Rudy is a fantastic example of how everyone, young and old, can help make a difference in their local community. His passion and commitment to the cause has helped to inspire many others to take part and he truly deserves the ‘Hero of the Month’ accolade.

“Every month Keep Scotland Beautiful recognises 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 achievements can also be celebrated.”

If you know someone who deserves a nomination please complete a nomination form and send it back to us. 

If you would like to join Rudy in getting involved with Luggiewatch further information on dates of Luggiewatch’s monthly meetings and future events can be found on their facebook page.  

31 January 2020

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