Island charity plans big Bute beach clean

Achievement Bute is to revisit its 2014 'Art Ashore' project at Ettrick Bay as part of its Easter holiday activity programme.
Achievement Bute is to revisit its 2014 'Art Ashore' project at Ettrick Bay as part of its Easter holiday activity programme.

Local charity Beachwatch Bute is gearing up for a busy spring season keeping the island’s beaches free of marine litter.

The organisation, which was set up in 1998, collected almost six tonnes of litter from the Bute shoreline in 2014 - the vast majority of it washed up by the tides rather than being dropped on the beach by irresponsible walkers.

Beachwatch will team up with Achievement Bute on April 8 for a day-long revisit of their hugely popular Art Ashore initiative from last year, which saw local children spend a week of their Easter holiday clearing litter from the beach at Ettrick Bay and turning it into a sculpture of a seal with the help of local artist Ruth Robertson.

But the centrepiece of Beachwatch’s springtime activities is a day-long community clean-up, again at Ettrick Bay, on Monday, May 4 - the May Day bank holiday - and featuring a raffle, face-painting, tractor rides and nature walks and more, as well as people walking up and down the beach picking up as much litter as they can find.

Watch this space for more details of Beachwatch Bute’s big clean-up - and coverage of their spring events.