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28th Voar Redd Up Launched

Friday March 6, 8:00 AM

The bairns get involved with last years Redd Up at Gunnister The bairns get involved with last years Redd Up at Gunnister Zoom Shetland Amenity Trust has announced the dates for Shetland’s 28th annual Voar Redd Up, with the main weekend to take place 25th and 26th April 2015.

Originally launched in 1988, Da Voar Redd Up quickly became the largest community based voluntary clear up throughout the UK, with over 20% of Shetland’s population regularly volunteering for the event. Last year 4,349 participants volunteered more than 18,500 man hours to collect nearly 65 tonnes of bruck from roadside verges, beaches and coastline.

Sita Goudie, Environmental Improvement Project Officer with Shetland Amenity Trust, commented: “Da Voar Redd Up would not exist without its volunteers and the annual level of participation clearly shows how committed our residents are to riding our environments of bruck. What is achieved through Da Voar Redd Up is incredible, and we hope 2015 will be as successful as ever.”

Groups which participated last year should be receiving registration forms soon. For those who have not taken part before, or individuals who would like to join a group in their area, please contact the Trust or click on the Voar Redd Up page for further details on how to get involved.

As well as providing an opportunity for the community to improve their environment, taking part in the Redd Up can raise funds for local groups through sponsorship, and businesses and schools can earn points towards environmental schemes and awards. Young Scot card holders can also earn points through the Young Scot Reward Scheme.

Shetland Amenity Trust supplies gloves and bags for the Redd Up, and takes away all the bruck collected, free of charge. The Trust would like to thank organisations who have supported the 2015 Voar Redd Up, including BP Sullom Voe, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Shetland Islands Council.

For further information contact Shetland Amenity Trust on (01595) 694688; e-mail info@shetlandamenity.org or see the Voar Redd Up page on the website.