South Ayrshire Council employees turn out in force!

Many thanks to the helpers from South Ayrshire Council who arrived at Turnberry and worked their socks off, and the pink wellies! These enthusiastic “beach cleaners” were well prepared, with their picnic hamper, tea and coffee and goodness knows what else, as part of their equipment. Someone even brought a drone to film our efforts – or was that to make sure everyone pulled their weight? And they even made a short video for us. Prepare for 2019 Beach Clean guys!  ...

Our rubbish is on its way to BBC One Show in London!

What a great success the 12th Annual Beach Clean was! And to cap it all, we were invited to send a load of plastic rubbish to London for the BBC One show. Over 800 bags of rubbish were collected by volunteers organised by Girvan, Alloway, Ayr, Prestwick, and Troon Rotary Clubs between Ballantrae and Troon – with 636 bags collected by Ayr Rotary Club from 7 beaches. Thanks to around 30 willing volunteers, 330 bags were removed from 2km of Dowhill to Turnberry Beach which had never been cleaned before, and a further 75 bags from the adjacent 1km long Dunnymuck beach. This staggering combined total of 405 bags was loaded into 40 large bulk bags, which are now heading for London by lorry, to to be dumped outside the BBC as the main exhibit in The One Show special on Ocean Plastic Pollution on Monday 16 April. NB. Plastic rubbish formed 93% of the total stuff gathered on these 3km of beach. In contrast to these wild beaches, after 12 years of Rotary Beach Cleans, much less litter is now being collected from the town beaches of Girvan/Ballantrae (92), Doonfoot (34), Ayr (90), Prestwick, and Troon (14), thanks to an increased public awareness – and the sterling work of local resident groups, who now patrol and clean these beaches on a regular basis. Our grateful thanks to both them – and all the volunteers who ventured south to the remote beaches – for making our beaches beautiful...

Who says the older generation cannot pull their weight!

With some heavy lifting required, a team of strong Pathminders were assembled on 29 March 2018 to move sleepers down the very steep gully at Fisherton. These timbers will be used for bridges and support. Over 100 steps are now installed, and we are almost at the bottom. There will be a celebration when the last whin chips are laid!    ...

Twelfth Annual Beach Clean 7 April 2018

Our annual Beach Clean will take place on Saturday 7 April 2018. Ayr Rotary Club organise this event and are helped by other South Ayrshire Rotary clubs,. We are indebted to the huge support from the community. It is not hard work and is an extremely effective way to improve the look of miles of coastline. If you would like to take part – just 3 hours pleasant work on a (hopefully!) fine Saturday in April – please contact your local Rotary club. You will be allocated to a beach, given basic training and the equipment required. Please help your own community. All persons wishing to assist should wear warm clothing, stout boots and gloves, and report to their nearest Assembly Point. BEACHES AND ASSEMBLY POINTS – AYR ROTARY CLUB (Please go direct to Assembly Pt – or contact named Team Leader for advice) NEWTON SHORE/BENTFIELD POINT                               Alex Thomson (07753 838805) Assemble/Start: 07 Apr at 0915                                       Maryborough Rd turning point at beach DOONFOOT BRIDGE TO BLACKBURN CAR PARK          John Ewing (07803 034983) Assemble/Start: 07 Apr at 0900                                       Blackburn Car Park, Seafield BRACKEN BAY                                                                    Craig Wilson (07747 606964) Assemble/Start: 07 Apr at 0930                                        Heads of Ayr Holiday Park’s Car Park DUNURE                                                                              Neil Beattie (07752 623550) Assemble/Start: 07 Apr at 0915                                       Dunure Harbour car park  DRUMSHANG/NORTH CROY                                            Gus Iannotti (07769 635572) Assemble/Start : 07 Apr at 0930                                      Croy Beach car park (NOT on verges near caravan park entrance...

Update on Fisherton Gully project

After 10 years, the wooden steps have begun to rot and the gravel dressing has been largely washed away, making this part of the Path difficult and even unsafe in wet conditions. We decided to make this the major task over the winter. We started the project at the end of October 2017, and although progress has been good, we still have a considerable amount of work to do to complete it. The work involves: Diverting field run off water into new ditches Installing French drains to keep water off the path Removing all old risers and steps and installing new ones Laying membrane, topping with one inch whin chips This is a steep gully, and the materials have to be man-handled down to where they are required. Various methods and contraptions have been devised to achieve this. The whin chips arrive in one tonne bulk bags, and are hand-filled into manageable 15kg plastic sacks.  Up to ten of these are then put back into a large bag and a “gravity drop” system using ropes and pulleys is used to lower to the site. Also a huge thanks to Alan and Maureen Currie of Fisherton Farm for helping deliver the chips to the top of the gulley by tractor. The job should be completed by early spring but in the meantime please be careful if you are walking. The route is still passable, but is extremely slippy when wet.      ...