BEACH Picnic Fun To Celebrate Coastline Clear-Up Success

15 April, 2024 | Local, Noticeboard

FAMILIES are being invited to a picnic at Lunderston Bay on Sunday to celebrate the success of an ambitious Inverclyde beach clean-up programme.

The picnic, organised by the Literati Guide to Inverclyde, is a thank-you to everyone who has taken part in the Clyde Coast’s biggest ever Spring clean which has been running since March.

Families are being invited to bring along a picnic and enjoy a range of fun events which will have nature and the environment as their theme.

Among the activities will be a silent disco / litter pick, with free ice creams provided by Bay Ices or free fruit from the Co-op, for those who fill a bag with rubbish.

Singer-songwriter Shelagh McKay Jones will sing nature-related songs at the campfire where toasted marshmallows will be on offer.

Meanwhile, Inverclyde Shed will unveil dolphin sculptures created from rubbish collected during the Spring clean.

RIG Arts workshop will bring their Arts Bus and invite participants to shape and assemble their beach picks into imaginative collages on a seaside theme. This is for adults as well as children.

British Divers Marine Rescue will be on the beach to demonstrate techniques they use to save whales and dolphins that get into difficulty around our coasts.

For the adventurous, a wild swimming session will take place in the bay, with the Happy and Wild Sauna Tent placed close by to offer some warmth. To join the swim and sauna activity, book a place online.

A Clyde Muirshiel ranger will lead a nature walk to describe some of the amazing wildlife in the area.

Families are being advised to bring sustainable picnics, rugs and chairs to the event which runs from 11am to 2pm on Sunday 21 April. If the forecast is for bad weather, organisers may move the picnic to the following Sunday.

Since mid-March, litter pickers have removed 250 bags of rubbish and other items from the coastline, from Finlaystone to Wemyss Bay. This has included bikes, tyres and fishing gear.

More picks are planned as part of Keep Scotland Beautiful Spring Clean which runs until 28 April. For details, see the Green Tangerine / Literati website.

The group is grateful for financial help from Inverclyde Community Fund.

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