“Remarkable dedication to the environment” as Glasgow man scoops national award

A Glasgow man has received the prestigious Clean Up Scotland “Hero of the month” award in recognition of his continuing efforts to pick up litter in his local communities of Shawlands and Queens Park. The award is part of the national Clean Up Scotland campaign, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Edward Kirkwood, who is a full-time wheelchair user, has dedicated much of his time over the past six years to help protect and enhance the cleanliness and environmental quality of his local streets and open spaces. His infectious enthusiasm for the task of cleaning up has seen his efforts go viral in a video posted online by one of his many local friends and supporters, and now he has become the recipient of the auspicious national Clean Up Scotland award.
Edward undertakes the clean-up activities on a purely voluntary basis, although he is keen to regard it as “his work”, and a great way to ensure he gets out the house and makes a positive contribution to a cleaner, greener Glasgow.

The video was used to raise funds through a crowdfunding tool for a powered wheelchair for Edward, and raised the fantastic sum of £5368 from 368 different contributors, most of whom were local Southside residents, who had seen Edward’s cleanup work first hand.

The Clean Up Scotland Hero award is supported by Helping Hand Environmental which provides each Hero with a Clean Up kit – including a new Scottish litter picker and handy hoop.

On receiving the Hero of the Month award, Edward Kirkwood said:  “I litter pick to keep the vermin away. I litter pick any area around my home to keep the place looking clean, including around some local pubs and hotels”.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “I would like to congratulate Edward for his unwavering commitment to keeping his local community clean. His efforts help to demonstrate that volunteers can make a massive difference in building civic pride in local areas, whilst sending a clear message to those that drop litter that their carelessness is unacceptable. His contribution should inspire us all and shame those who discard their litter irresponsibly. “Volunteers are working hard Scotland-wide to improve and enhance their local communities. I would encourage even more people to nominate their local Clean Up Scotland Hero so that they too can receive wider recognition for their hard work.”

Every month Keep Scotland Beautiful recognises an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to improving local environmental quality. Local residents are encouraged to nominate someone in their own community that has demonstrated their sustained commitment to cleaning up their local area and making improvements in local environmental quality.

Further information on how to nominate your local hero can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/nominate-a-hero

Colin Mackie presented with environmental accolade

Local man receives national recognition for helping to transform the Southern Necropolis

Colin Mackie, originally from Oatlands, now living in Bridgeton, has received the prestigious Clean Up Scotland “Hero of the Month” award in recognition of his continued commitment to transforming the Southern Necropolis. The award is part of the national Clean Up Scotland campaign, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

A leading member of Friends of Southern Necropolis and the Southern Necropolis Action Group, Colin and his wife Elsie have worked with a team of volunteers to deliver a significant transformation at the cemetery, turning it into an education, historical and ecological hotspot for the city.

Glasgow City Council Neighbourhood Improvement Volunteer, Colin, has helped to lead the group in a number of activities, from carrying out regular litter picks and community clean ups etc, – turning the Southern Necropolis into an acclaimed community project and a cleaner, safer and welcoming place to visit.

Colin now runs an educational project with local schools so that they can learn about the heritage of the cemetery.

On receiving the award Colin Mackie commented:

“I have been passionate about the history and heritage of the Southern Necropolis for nearly 30 years and also value the importance of caring for the environment throughout the cemetery.

“We have an onsite Heritage Trail that continues to attract an increase in visitors, and as such, it is even more important to maintain a level of cleanliness around the pathways and rows of headstones.

“Recently we have been promoting our Resurrecting History Project and involving local primary schools by sharing the history and heritage of the cemetery, raising the children’s awareness of valuing and respecting the environment of the Southern Necropolis. The last session with the schools includes a Heritage Walk and Litter Pick, when we are joined by a member of Community Safety Glasgow on a walk around the perimeter of the three sections of the cemetery.

“As a member of a team of dedicated volunteers, I am grateful for everyone’s help and also the support from our partnership organisations, and would also like to thank Keep Scotland Beautiful for this award.”

The Clean Up Scotland Hero award is supported by Helping Hand Environmental. UK Sales Manager Carly Cooper presented Colin with his own Clean Up kit – including a special Scottish litter picker and handy hoop.

Yusuf Faisal, Senior Neighbourhood Involvement and Enforcement Officer at Community Safety Glasgow nominated Colin for the award.

Yusuf Faisal commented:

“Colin Mackie has been inspirational and he has shown ongoing dedication in keeping Glasgow Southern Necropolis Cemetery clean and free from litter. The Southern Necropolis Action Group carries out a regular community clean up every Sunday and with this kind of support the Neighbourhood Improvement Volunteers are continuing to make Glasgow an even better place to live, work and play.”

Yusuf joined Heather McLaughlin, Community Projects Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful in presenting Colin with the award.

Heather McLaughlin commented:

“We are delighted to present Colin with this award. His drive and commitment has helped to lead the group to deliver a tremendous transformation of this wonderful outdoor space.

“I would like to commend both Colin and all of the local volunteers for their success in improving this outdoor space for local residents and delivering significant local environmental improvements