Skye community clean-up nets 10 tonnes of trash

A 30-strong team of local volunteers on Skye have cleared a remarkable 10 tonnes of waste from Skinadin (Sgianadin) Bay in a three-day litter pick, between 8-10 March.

Working from a base in the Forest Enterprise Scotland car park just outside Broadford, the team gathered up items ranging from domestic and garden waste to car parts, gas bottles…..and a One Direction cushion.

Volunteer, Matt Harrison, said;

“There was a great sense of community spirit and the funny thing was, although the task was fairly thankless – and disgusting in places - there was not a single ‘passenger; everyone turned up, saw the job at hand and got on with it.

“The community spirit has been fantastic as we worked together to get the job done. One of the team supplied us with tea, coffee and biccies and on the last day of the litter pic the local brewery sent up a box of fine beer and a local cafe brought Bacon rolls for everyone!

“It’s been a very rewarding experience and we hope that our example will encourage and inspire other people and communities across the island to do the same. It’s perfectly feasible that the Isle of Skye could make a name for ourselves as the cleanest location in Britain.

“It’s amazing how big a difference a small group of people can make to their area.”

The next stage for the community is working to prevent the littering from happening. As well as greater community vigilance and educating people about the impact of litter, the team will be looking at erecting more signage and will be working with Forest Enterprise Scotland on getting more fencing in place.

In response to their efforts, local FES forester, Bruce Taylor, said;

“We’d like to sincerely thank the team who carried this tidy-up out. It’s made a huge difference to Skinadin Bay and the car parking area.

“We are looking to upgrade the area next year but we were looking at a chunk of our budget going towards getting contractors to clean up the site. This community effort has been an immense help to us and means that we can now focus our limited resources on improving the immediate area for local residents and for tourists.”

Forest Enterprise Scotland is now looking at installing new fencing that will both allow access but prevent further fly-tipping and dumping in the future.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forest Enterprise Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.