An husband and wife cleaning team from Aberdeen recently received the National Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award for their continued commitment to clean up Scotland’s beaches. This award is part of the National Clean Up Scotland campaign.
Iain and Julia House have been organising regular beach cleaning activities for the past ten years. Over 2,000 locals have been involved in 50 beach clean-ups with the aim of protecting marine life and improving the overall appearance of the beaches.
The Aberdonian couple have been keen helpers to the Marine Conservation Society Adopt-a-Beach programme and also involved in promoting cleaning initiatives led by the Council and local organisations.
Iain went on to explain how it all came about:
“Julia and I started clearing up litter on Scotland’s beaches 15 years ago under the umbrella of the Marine Conservation Society’s Adopt-a-Beach programme. In that time we have organised, for local volunteers in the Aberdeen area, over 50 beach clean ups and litter surveys.
“As well as the direct benefit of improving the beautiful environment, we hope that our efforts help to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of the sea and its wildlife in a sustainable way.”
“I would like to thank all our keen regular beach cleaners but also say that anyone can come to our beach clean ups, no training necessary. We always welcome new volunteers.”
Conservation Officer at the Marine Conservation Society,Catherine Gemmel added:
“We are delighted that Iain and Julia have been awarded the Clean Up Scotland Hero of the Month Award for their incredible efforts in tackling beach litter in Aberdeen.
“Iain and Julia have been running Marine Conservation Society beach cleans and surveys for 15 years during which they have helped over 2,000 volunteers pick up and survey three tonnes of litter from Aberdeen beach! They aren’t planning on stopping anytime soon either, with their event for this year’s Great British Beach Clean already booked in for the 17th of September.
“Well done both and a heartfelt thank you from everyone here at the Marine Conservation Society!”
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