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Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has joined forces with Sustrans Scotland, Jog Scotland and Paths for All to encourage outdoor enthusiasts to take ownership of the paths that help to support their activities.
Throughout April and May, the organisations are encouraging all outdoor users to arrange their own Clean Up events at the areas they use, helping to remove rubbish from walking and cycle paths, and help to preserve the natural environment.
The Active Travel Week is running as part of the charity’s annual spring clean initiative. Last year more than 30,000 people participated in the annual spring clean, helping to remove more than 300 tonnes of litter.
Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful is calling for everyone from across Scotland to take part in our annual spring clean campaign. The Active Travel week allows a special focus on people being active and picking up litter as they go, or venturing outdoors to help protect the areas they love and enjoy.
‘We are very proud of everyone’s hard work and hope that lots of people will take part – helping to make 2019 the most successful spring clean campaign to date.’
Paths for All, Scotland’s national walking charity, wants everyone to get more active through everyday walking. To achieve this, walking routes need to be attractive, accessible, safe and litter free.
Ian Findlay, Paths for All’s chief officer. added: ‘Welcoming and fit-for-purpose walking environments are essential for local communities to access and enjoy. This is why we’re encouraging our 150 health walk groups, hundreds of community path volunteers, and several workplaces
engaged in our walking activities across Scotland to take part in the spring clean.
‘Together, we can help make our outdoor environments an enjoyable and litter-free place to walk, cycle or jog in.’
To register a spring clean 2019 event, all people need to do is visit:
www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupscotland and sign up.