Anchor Groups across the Clyde Valley will help us build our understanding of the Clyde's litter problem.
Anchor Groups across the Clyde Valley champion the project in their local area - these groups bring a wealth of community expertise to Upstream Battle; from sports groups, to nature groups, arts specialists and community groups. Each group has the opportunity to adopt a stretch of river or tributary to monitor regular using our citizen science toolkit. The data collected will provide insight into the types of litter across the Clyde valley catchment and the amount of litter that has the potential to enter the wider marine environment. Scroll below to read more about each Anchor Group.
Belville Community Garden Trust
Belville Community Garden Trust is a thriving hub of activity in the east end of Greenock. Led by a small staff team and their ‘family’ of dedicated volunteers, BCGT undertake a range of conservational projects, promoting learning and understanding of our natural environment throughout the community.
Friends of Dumbarton Foreshore
Friends of Dumbarton Foreshore are the fastest litter-pickers in the West! We clean outwards from Dumbarton Rock, ancient seat of Scotland’s kings. We’ve found all sorts, including a four-foot python! We meet every Sunday, check our facebook page for meetings, new members welcome.
Geocaching CITO (Cache In, Trash Out) group
The Scottish geocaching community take part in a worldwide environmental initiative call Cache In Trash Out® (CITO). At CITO events, geocachers and community groups work together to improve parks and other outdoor environments. They clean up litter, plant trees, remove invasive species, build trails, and more.
RIG Arts is a socially engaged arts charity that brings professional artists and the community together in a collaborative and creative way using art, film, media, and animation in Greenock Inverclyde. Our objectives are to encourage the development of a diverse cultural and artistic base within Inverclyde, to the benefit of the whole community through education, outreach, and heritage.
Clyde Corridor Badger Survey
CCBS was formed in November 2015. The intention is to survey the river Clyde from Erskine Bridge to Watermeetings, ( both sides) in order to determine the health of
the badger metapopulation and to report on the effects of development on badger social groups. We hope to have finished the complete survey by the summer of 2019, a total distance of around a hundred and fifty kilometres.
Friends of the Calder
Friends of the Calder is a voluntary, constituted group, established approximately six years ago. The group focuses on the conservation, lenjoyment, community involvement and education concerning an area known locally as the Calder, or ‘Cawther’ in Blantyre. The group meets every two months and has over 20 planned events every year in partnership with the South Lanarkshire Countryside Rangers, with many others emerging throughout the year.
Glasgow Coastal Rowing Club
The Glasgow Coastal Rowing Club was established in 2016 and is based near the Riverside Museum. Our diverse membership regularly row our two St Ayles skiffs along the Clyde, and as a club we are committed to improving the social, natural and cultural environment on the river.
West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow
As a social enterprise, aside from their other manifesto aims, Society Zero's work involves community action and empowering people. We know that people connect more when they view the impact on nature at the hand of human influence. By getting involved in community action, we are able to contribute to change and make a difference.
Erskine Community Garden
Erskine Community Garden is a group of Erskine who have conducted litter picks for several years. This has evolved from tidying up the town, to looking at solutions to reduce litter and be more effective in making Erskine more environmentally friendly. We want to make a difference for not just our community but the global community we are all a part of.
Friends of the River Kelvin
Friends of the River Kelvin has been tackling land and river based waste and litter since before we became a charity in 1991. We've been running monthly clean-ups all along the Kelvin on the first Saturday of the month and have only rescheduled 1 in over 8 years! FORK care passionately about the River Kelvin and the environment and work with others to protect the River Kelvin for future generations to enjoy.
North Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire
Luggiewatch aims to create awareness, protect and enhance the natural environment in and around the Luggie Water and associated areas. We do this by engaging others as much as possible in activities that achieve this, showcase this and connect conservation to our human health and wellbeing.
West College Scotland
We work with a variety of students and groups who are always looking for ways of improving the environment. To date the focus has been on improving green spaces and attracting wildlife through planting a variety of plants and shrubs.
Friends of Cairnhill Woods
Cairnhill Woods Group, members of Trust for Conservation Volunteers and Community Woodlands Association, consists of locals who desire a flourishing outdoor space for native flora and fauna to thrive and folk to enjoy. We have been working with East Dunbartonshire Council since 2008 to improve the woods and other local green spaces for present and future generations.
Friends of Stonehouse Park
Friends of Stonehouse Park is a constituted group whose aim is to promote Alexander Hamilton Memorial Park, the river Avon and walks surrounding it. The group organise events to encourage more people to use the park, appreciate its gorgeous views and to raise funds to improve the facilities on offer.
Neilston Development Trust
Neilston Development Trust (NDT) exists to develop the physical, economic, cultural and human assets of Neilston for a sustainable future. NDT’s vision is for a thriving and confident community, proud of its identity, building its future together. Key projects include Grow, Eat and Travel Local (CCF) and place making.
Clean Sweep Branch of Milngavie in Bloom
The Clean Sweep Branch of Milngavie in Bloom has a particular interest in Allander Water, the river which runs through Milngavie village. The Clean Sweep Branch was formed in 2011 and has over 80 members, all of whom are enthusiastic litter-pickers! The members meet twice a month to clear litter in the local area and also take part in Keep Scotland Beautiful’s annual Spring Clean.