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Midlothian local named Clean Up Scotland Hero

This month, we presented Edith Cameron from Rosewell with a Clean Up Scotland hero award following her tireless litter picking efforts in her local community.

Edith has volunteered with local litter picks for the last six years but has become much more involved in keeping her local area beautiful in 2021. Frustrated by local problems with litter and flytipping Edith, along with her friend Aisling, decided to coordinate efforts to tackle the situation and improve the local area for everyone.

With the support from Rosewell and District Community Council and Rosewell Development Trust, Edith and Aisling created Keep Rosewell Beautiful, a group of local residents who are all committed to litter picking and cleaning up Rosewell.  

Edith also volunteers as committee secretary with the newly created Midlothian Litter Pickers Association. This group encourages, recognises and supports individual litter picking endeavours, organises group litter picks and has become a respected, recognised and credible campaign group. The group is keen to ensure that litter picking is not seen as being a solo, thankless and overwhelming task.

Edith commented: “During lockdown, more people accessed the local countryside and it was lovely to see people enjoying our woodland paths and riverside walks, but rural Midlothian suffered badly from litter and flytipping. It’s been great to do something positive with my free time, feel that I’m helping the environment, use my brain, get fresh air, exercise and meet other like-minded lovely people. I wish there wasn’t a need for litter picking, but in our current culture, unfortunately someone has to.

“Lots of villagers are now involved with Keep Rosewell Beautiful and having the group means they can ask for help if something is too big to manage alone. Litter attracts more litter, but by keeping on top of things it’s a much easier job as people are looking after their village a bit more.”

Whilst out on her many clean ups, Edith has found some interesting ‘treasure’, including a perfectly good bucket, toys, a children’s sand tray, and an antique brass ornament and antique milk bottle.

Heather McLaughlin, one of our Campaigns Officers, said: “People such as Edith, who give their time to cleaning up their local areas, are true heroes. Over the past decade we have seen a steady increase in the amount of litter across Scotland. However, despite the challenges we have all faced over the last 18 months we have been heartened by the increasing number of people like Edith taking action to tackle litter across our beautiful country.”

As part of her award, Edith received a clean-up kit from our partners Helping Hand Environmental, including a new litter picker, handi-hoop bag holder, gloves and high vis vest and reusable storage bag.

 

Lindsay Richmond-Kearns, Communities and Partnerships Manager at Helping Hand Environmental said: “I would like to congratulate Edith & the Roswell Development Trust on their efforts to Keep Rosewell Beautiful.

After my recent break in Scotland; enjoying the beautiful landscape this country has to offer its residents and visitors; it’s still upsetting and disheartening to find litter in areas of such natural beauty.

“Therefore, it is great that Edith is so enthusiastic about helping to reduce the amount of litter in her own community. She sets a fantastic example of how we can all take pride in where we live and help to deliver environmental improvements to keep Scotland beautiful.

As a business we love sponsoring, supporting and recognising Scotland’s unsung litter picking heroes with this award”

 

Clean Up Scotland Hero awards are an important part of our Clean Up Scotland campaign – find out more here and nominate your local hero.

18 October 2021

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