Cramond Cubs club together to clean up!

The 82nd Craigalmond Cubs headed out to clean Cramond Beach last night after a workshop given by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

They also received a free beach cleaning kit to help them down at the beach. MCS now has five beach cleaning kits left to hand out with five already gone to different community groups throughout Edinburgh.

The beach cleaning kits, which contain litterpickers, gloves, bags, clipboards, handihoops, sharps box and scales have been made possible after MCS was awarded a grant of almost £2,500 from Edinburgh Council’s Waste Action Grant Scheme. Each group which receives a beach cleaning kit then adopts a 100m stretch of local beach and through the Beachwatch clean-up and litter survey programme, spruce it up at least four times a year, including during the charity’s UK wide event - the Great British Beach Clean happening this weekend. Data from the surveys is then used by MCS to lobby governments, industry and local authorities on initiatives to reduce litter from getting on to our beaches in the first place.

The Cramond Tuesday Cubs first clean last night was in preparation for the Friday Cubs taking part in this years Great British Beach Clean from the 16th-19th of September. By joining together both Cub Scout groups plan to keep their 100m section of Cramond beach clean by heading out four times a year to complete a clean and survey.

“The Cubs had great fun doing a beach clean for their environmental conservation badge. The boys aged between 8 to 10.5 were genuinely excited about using litter pickers and wearing plastic gloves to collect rubbish. Probably the only time you will ever see boys happy about cleaning!” said Cub Leader Andy Mclennan.

“Although the beach looked clean, we took nearly 10 bags of rubbish back in just under an hour. The Cubs were amazed at the amount of wet wipes (over 300!) that they found along with plastic bottles , bags and cans and other man made detritus.”

After learning from MCS Scotland Conservation Officer Catherine Gemmell that the Leatherback Turtle visits Scotland every summer to eat Jellyfish the Cubs were very keen to learn what they could do to help.

“Unfortunately Leatherback Turtles and other marine wildlife are eating the plastic litter we are throwing away, mistaking it for their food. It was fantastic to see the Cubs so engaged with the issue and jumped at the chance to adopt a beach and take part in the Great British Beach Clean to help! Anyone can take part so please head to our website to find an event near you”

We’re still looking for five more groups in Edinburgh to become our next Beach Cleaning champions so please get in touch to organise your beach cleaning kit and workshop. If you’re part of a group that would like to become a Beach Cleaning Champion then get in touch with Catherine at 0131 633 4000 or catherine.gemmell@mcsuk.org

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