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A Tyndrum cafe is rewarding litter picking volunteers with free fish and chips.
The Real Food Café in Tyndrum is taking matters into its own hands – with the help of volunteers – to keep Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park beautiful.
The first litter pick is this Sunday, May 30, as part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful Campaign ( May 28 – June 20) and from then it will be the last Sunday of each month until October.
Volunteers will get all the equipment they need such as litter pickers, bags and hi-vis jackets from the cafe as well as being rewarded for their efforts with free tea, coffee and biscuits plus its award-winning fish and chips.
Each month there will be 20 spaces available for the clean-up, including cafe staff, people living nearby or visitors.
Café Manager Colin McGeoch, who is spearheading the project, will weigh the litter and announce the results on social media.
Colin, who lives in the area, said: ‘It’s been gutting to see my area being treated like this every day on my way to work.
‘We are proud to welcome visitors from all over the world to the Real Food Café.
‘They come to this area because of its natural beauty but the volume of rubbish is increasingly destroying our natural environment,’ he said and added: ‘I am really looking forward to making this happen; we have had an amazing response from the community so far and I’m sure we’ll get visitors from further afield who are keen to play their part too.’
The events are welcomed by co-owner of The Real Food Café Sarah Heward, who has been calling for improved infrastructure to support rural areas.
With an increase in staycations causing more traffic in the area last summer, she created The Tyndrum Infrastructure Group to secure funding for a Changing Places toilet, carpark, public toilets, and baby changing facilities, more bins, tourist information boards and rural housing.
‘We absolutely love tourists visiting our café and the local areas, it’s our bread and butter and supports so many other rural businesses too.
‘However, the areas are being degraded by litter and there are social issues that need to be addressed.
‘The root of the problem is that we do not have strong infrastructure in rural Scotland.
‘It’s not just Tyndrum that is suffering; there are similar issues in so many places from the Cairngorms to Skye,’ she said.
You can sign up for the litter-picking events by emailing email@example.com. They will run from 10.15am – 1pm. All instructions and meeting points will be provided for attendees a week beforehand.