LOCAL Beachwatch Bute ranger Sandra MacMillan, who devotes her time to ensuring our island’s beaches are clean and litter-free, was presented with an award recently at The Scottish Green Lists 2012, hosted at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.
Sandra, who was one of 20 shortlisted for the Keep Scotland Beautiful award, came fourth overall, receiving her accolade from the minister for environment and climate change, Stewart Stevenson.
Keep Scotland Beautiful’s chief executive Derek Robertson said: “Sandra’s dedication to keeping the beaches of Bute clear and litter free has been an inspiration to all those who have witnessed her work.
“Her dedication and passion is evident to all the local groups and organisations she has encouraged to support her in keeping the 57 miles of Bute coastline clear.”
Sandra, who was accompanied to the ceremony by her children Holly and Lewis, told us: “I felt such a fraud as I enjoy my job, and I was up against such huge projects, but just to be to be in the audience, hearing them rave about Beachwatch Bute was wonderful.
“I just love what I do and I’m blessed to be doing such a job.”
She added: “Huge thanks have to go to Ailsa Cunningham because she nominated me for the award.
“She does a lot of work behind the scenes, and doesn’t take any credit.”
Sandra, however, wasn’t the only local person to have their efforts recognised, as three pupils from each of the island’s primary schools were up for the Young Scottish Green Lists award.
Eilidh Middleton (Rothesay Primary School), Alice Edwards (St Andrews Primary School) and Freya Kennedy-Boyle (North Bute Primary School) attended the ceremony, accompanied by mums Karen Hilton, Shona Edwards and Reeni Kennedy-Boyle.
Although the schools lost out on the top five, finishing in sixth place, we’ve been told they had a wonderful time, taking the opportunity to walk round the Hard Rain exhibition which was opened by the minister as part of the celebrations.