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Da Voar Redd Up Postponed

Published: 31 March 2020

The Shetland Amenity Trust have announced that Da Voar Redd Up will be postponed until later in the year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  The annual event which is now in its 33rd year was due to take place from the 25th to 26th April with an anticipated 4,500 volunteers cleaning up Shetland’s beaches and roadside verges.  It is hoped that the event will now take place in the Autumn but the organisers are still encouraging people to pick up litter whilst they are out and about.

Sandy Middleton, Head of Engagement at the Shetland Amenity Trust who organise the annual event and manage the ‘Dunna Chuck Bruck’ campaign said, “We are all being encouraged to take at least one form of exercise daily and for many of us that means a walk close to home either on our own or with other members of our household.  We are encouraging people to pick up at least three pieces of litter each time they go out for a walk.  If each person collects this small amount of rubbish then over time it should make a significant difference.”

Sandy continued, “We are very sorry to have to postpone the Redd Up this year but it is the only responsible thing for us to do.  Our team had already put a lot of work into planning this year’s event but with the restrictions on movement rightly increasing, it became clear that we would have to postpone.  There are lots of people who regularly pick up rubbish from our beaches throughout the year and we hope this will continue, as long as it is in line with government guidance on social distancing.”

 ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ is a global campaign encouraging people to collect at least three pieces of rubbish each time they visit a beach, waterway or anywhere they find litter.  There is a similar campaign in Orkney called ‘Pick Up 3’.   The Amenity Trust are encouraging people to get involved and to share their results and any interesting finds with them via the Dunna Chuck Bruck social media pages.

Shetland Amenity Trust are now contacting all registered Redd Up groups to advise them of the postponement.  For more information and to get involved see www.shetlandamenity.org/da-voar-redd-up.