2023 Rotary and Ayrshire Coastal Path Beach Clean

2023 Rotary and Ayrshire Coastal Path Beach Clean

Well, the weather wasn’t as kind to us as last year and the teams south of Dunure were apparently showered on more than elsewhere but, nonetheless, this year’s event attracted 250 environmentally conscious folk to tackle 20 beaches between Girvan in the south and Portencross in the north, thus helping to brush-up our spectacular coastline. These commendable individuals collected a total of more than 400 bags of rubbish along with sundry larger items which had been washed-up or abandoned. Ayr, Alloway, and Prestwick Rotary clubs along with Ayrshire Coastal Path volunteers all helped organise the big event with enthusiastic and essential assistance from the two councils, South Ayrshire and North Ayrshire. Thanks are due to many, including various community groups, charitable organisations, youth groups, holiday park owners, farmers, landowners and dozens of individual volunteers. All helped to make a big difference so WELL DONE TO EVERYONE involved – your time was well spent. Check out all the organisations’ Facebook pages for more details and photographs.   Team at Seafield, Ayr Bracken Bay Croy Shore beach clean...
2023 Rotary & Ayrshire Coastal Path Beach Clean

2023 Rotary & Ayrshire Coastal Path Beach Clean

The big annual beach clean takes place over up to twenty beaches on the Ayrshire Coast. Most of these are managed and led by Ayr Rotary Club/Ayrshire Coastal Path but other beaches are organised by the Rotary Clubs of Prestwick and Alloway, and a diverse range of other community groups, farmers and landowners all give their time generously. Volunteers will be provided with bags but please bring your own litter-picker if possible since these will likely be in short supply. Please also wear stout shoes/boots and gloves   Saturday 29th April 2023 BEACHES AND ASSEMBLY DETAILS Please go direct to Assembly Point on day – or contact the named Team Leader for advice. Basic safety instructions will be given on the day but you will be responsible for your own personal safety. AYR ROTARY CLUB Ayr South Harbour Extent: Harbour to Blackburn Assemble: 09.30h at Blackburn car park (Ayr India end) Leader: Kenneth Dickie (Ayr Rotary) 07864097237 with SAC Ranger Service Seafield Extent: Blackburn to Doonfoot bridge Assemble: 09.30h at Blackburn car park (Ayr India end) Leader: Charlie Steele (Ayr Rotary & ACP) 07880554614 with SAC Ranger Service Bracken Bay Fully subscribed James Edwards (18th Ayrshire Scout Group) Fisherton Bay Fully subscribed Dunure Extent: to be decided on day. Assemble: 09.30h at Dunure Harbour (Do NOT cause obstruction) Leader: Helen O’ Conner, (Dunure Community Volunteers) 07710533306. Croy Extent: Caravan park north to Drumshang Assemble: 09.30h at Croyburnfoot NTS beach car park (NOT on verges near caravan park entrance) Leader: Gus Iannotti (Ayr Rotary & ACP)  07769635572 Culzean Bay (Maybole Shore) Extent: Caravan park south to Culzean Castle Assemble: 09.30h...
BEACH CLEAN 2022 – THE RESULT

BEACH CLEAN 2022 – THE RESULT

Well that’s it over for another year and what a year it was! Despite the ongoing effects of the pandemic, 305 environmentally conscious folk turned out on a glorious spring day to tackle 20 beaches between Girvan in the south and Portencross in the north, thus helping to brush-up our spectacular coastline. These commendable individuals collected a total of almost 500 bags of rubbish along with sundry larger items which had been washed-up or abandoned. In tandem with the clean-up itself, Ayr Rotary Club and Ayrshire Coastal Path staged a public display on the esplanade at Seafield where numerous amusing and interesting encounters took place. All in all, a fun day out for everyone enjoying the welcome return of warm sunny weather after another testing winter. Ayr, Alloway, and Prestwick Rotary clubs along with Ayrshire Coastal Path all helped organise the big event with enthusiastic and essential assistance from the two councils, South Ayrshire and North Ayrshire. Thanks are due to many, including various community groups, charitable organisations, youth groups, holiday park owners, farmers, landowners and dozens of individual volunteers. All helped to make a big difference so WELL DONE TO EVERYONE involved – your time was well spent. Check out all the organisations’ Facebook pages for more details and photographs.   Seafield pep talk_1000 Seafield gathering_1000 PR activity_1000 Fisherton Bay Croy 3 Portencross team charlie and tyre_1000 Round Britain...
2022 Rotary & Ayrshire Coastal Path Beach Clean

2022 Rotary & Ayrshire Coastal Path Beach Clean

Saturday 26 March The annual Big Beach Clean is now a joint venture between Rotary and Ayrshire Coastal Path. The Rotary clubs of Ayr, Prestwick and Alloway, together with the help of South and North Ayrshire Councils and numerous community groups, hope to be able to cover more than a dozen beaches in this year’s 14th Annual Beach Clean along the Ayrshire Coastline.This is a family and friends day taking place on the morning of Saturday 26 March. Please put it in your diary now and help spruce up our beaches for the holiday months ahead. It is an opportunity to ensure that the Ayrshire coastline is at its sparkling best for locals and visitors alike.  Anyone can be involved – locally in Ayr, Prestwick or Girvan, or on the further-removed beaches where most debris tends to have accumulated as a result of the winter storms.Keep following social media and watching the press for further details or contact Ron Ireland –...

First of Blue Bins Planted – 25 April

The initial roll-out of the blue bins took place this week at Balkenna and Turnberry. These are being installed at strategic points on the path to encourage walkers to remove plastic litter from the beaches for recycling. ACP Path Wardens will be resposible for the occassional removal of filled bags. Please note: PLASTIC WASTE ONLY. Thanks to Neil Henderson of GSK for kindly supplying the bins. Today also saw completion of the clean up of the Dowhill and Dipple beaches. Many people contributed to this but thanks are due mainly to Chris and Di who were ever uncomplainingly present. These beaches are currently spotless. Let’s hope they stay that way! Some of the Team Turnberry Steps In Store Perfect…………… ……………..Bliss...
13th Annual South Ayrshire Rotary Beach Clean Success

13th Annual South Ayrshire Rotary Beach Clean Success

What a magnificent turnout and performance at the recent Big Rotary Beach Clean, coordinated by Ayr Rotary Club with support from the other clubs of Troon, Prestwick, Alloway and Girvan. This was the biggest one ever and included for the first time the beaches at South Harbour, Ayr and at Curragh, north of Girvan, in addition to those at Troon, Prestwick, Newton, Seafield, Doonfoot, Greenan, Craig Tara, Bracken Bay, Dunure, North Croy, Dowhill, Dipple, Girvan and Ballantrae. More than 15 miles of coastline were tackled by over 300 willing and cheerful volunteers who collected the equivalent of 625 large bags of rubbish and other debris. The mile-long beach at Curragh generated the largest collection because this had not been cleaned previously. However, the good news is that all other beaches showed a reduction from previous years which suggests that the annual beach clean is making a big impression and a progressively improving situation. Although it was not practical this year to separate plastic litter from other types of marine detritus the proportion of plastic is very high and was last year estimated at 93%. Next year it is hoped that an attempt can be made to segregate the main waste material types as they are collected, which should allow more effective recycling. Although there is, year-on-year, less large material as the annual clean ups improve the general situation, a dozen or so drums of used engine sump oil dumped at sea were removed. A sizeable number of these drums have been recovered over the past thirteen years, all between Girvan and Heads of Ayr, and these, unfortunately, may be...
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