31st Voar Redd Up Launched
Shetland Amenity Trust has announced the dates for Shetland’s 31st annual Voar Redd Up, with the main weekend to take place 28th and 29th April 2018.
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 4,351 participants collected nearly 60 tonnes of bruck from roadside verges, beaches and coastline.
Sita Goudie, Environmental Improvement Project Officer with Shetland Amenity Trust, commented: “Now in its 31st year, Da Voar Redd Up has so far removed over 1,800 tonnes of bruck from our environment. We look forward to welcoming back existing groups, as well as new volunteers, to this year’s event. It is these volunteers who make the Redd Up the success it is and show just how committed Shetland is to caring for the environment. What is achieved through Da Voar Redd Up is incredible.”
Groups which participated last year should receive registration forms soon and the Trust would like to remind these groups that, even if they do not require a pack, it is very important to register annually so that the Trust can record where Redd Ups are taking place and collection points for Bruck. For those who have not taken part before, you can register your group online. Alternatively, if you would like to join a group in your area, contact the Trust.
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 bags for the Redd Up and takes away all the bruck collected, free of charge. Due to costs, and the desire to reduce the use of plastics, the Trust has taken the decision to stop supplying adult’s gloves for the event, and will only be supplying Children’s gloves. Therefore, adult volunteers are asked to supply their own pair of gloves for the event.
Plastics, nets and ropes are recycled by Augean North Sea Services in their base at Greanhead and the rest is safely disposed of at the Shetland Islands Council Waste Management Facility. The Trust would like to thank Augean for providing their workforce and services free of charge.
The Trust would also like to thank other organisations who are supporting the 2018 Voar Redd Up, including Shetland Charitable Trust, EnQuest Sullom Voe Terminal, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Shetland Islands Council.
You can find further information and registration form here: https://www.shetlandamenity.org/da-voar-redd-up