Bute set to ‘Clean for the Queen’

The island's beaches, woodlands and parts of Rothesay's town centre will be the focus of a nationwide project called 'Clean for the Queen' in March.

The island's beaches, woodlands and parts of Rothesay's town centre will be the focus of a nationwide project called 'Clean for the Queen' in March.

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A nationwide clean-up event to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday is calling on Bute groups to get involved.

A number of local organisations, including the Co-op, the Glenburn Hotel and Bute in Bloom, have already signed up to participate in the ‘Clean for the Queen’ environmental campaign on the island, which will be held on the weekend of March 4-6.

Deputy Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, Stewart Shaw, and Sandra McMillan of Beachwatch Bute have been hard at work behind the scenes in bringing together island groups to help clean beaches, woodlands, and areas of Rothesay which need attention.

Sandra told us: “There are a lot of groups who already do beach cleans on Bute so we’re hoping to ramp that up for ‘Clean for the Queen’.

“The weekend will include tackling beaches, woodlands, and parts of Rothesay - basically, any areas of litter blackspots. We will provide handy grabbers and bags for any group looking to participate.”

Stewart said: “From a community point of view, the ‘Clean for the Queen’ weekend is great preparation for Easter weekend which can be a busy time for tourists visiting the island.”

He added: “On behalf of the lieutenancy, we are greatly indebted to Beachwatch Bute and to Sandra for leading this project.”

If you’d like to get involved in ‘Clean for the Queen’, get in touch with Sandra McMillan of Beachwatch Bute on 07767 795969, or Jessica Herriot of Bute in Bloom on (01700) 502725.