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We celebrated John Muir Day with a Paddle Pick-up with Sustrans

We joined Sustrans for their Spring Clean event to clean up Edinburgh's Union Canal.

Sustrans Scotland and Young Scot volunteers took to canoes on Friday to help tackle litter along Edinburgh’s Union Canal between Lochrin Basin and Slateford.

A total of 10 volunteers took part in the Paddle Pick Up event, which was led by Scottish Canals and Scottish Waterways Trust, as part of the celebrations of John Muir Day on Friday.

National Cycle Network Route 75 runs alongside the Union Canal, which stretches from Edinburgh to Falkirk, and the event aimed to celebrate John Muir’s love for the outdoors.

Members of Young Scot were invited to volunteer their time for the public day as part of Young Scot Active Rewards - which encourages young people to be more active more often for Year of Young People 2018.

Sustrans Scotland Volunteer Coordinator, Laura White said: “Our volunteers play a crucial role in keeping the National Cycle Network clean and safe, in order to encourage more people explore routes by foot or bike.

 “By taking to canoes to pick up litter, volunteers were able to not only improve the area for everyone who uses the path, but clean up the canal to make it a safer, more pleasant environment for the wildlife which lives in the water.

 “The Paddle Pick Up event has been a fantastic opportunity to work with our partners to help improve a very scenic section of the National Cycle Network and canal in Edinburgh and celebrate the life of one of Scotland’s greatest environmentalists.”

We were delighted to be invited along to help out. This event was registered as part of our Spring Clean. If you'd like to take action and Clean Up your neighbourhood find out how to organise your Clean Up event here. Alternatively, you can join one of our existing events. Take a look at our Clean Up event map for more details.

23 April 2018

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