The Clean Up Scotland campaign, run by Keep Scotland Beautiful has welcomed the endorsement by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).
One of the most recent projects to benefit from the environmental partnership was a clean up of Roslin Glen.
Eight students from Edinburgh College, from the Get Ready For Work programme, have already been undertaking environmental initiatives as part of Clean Up Scotland whilst working towards their DofE awards. They were volunteering at Roslin Glen Country Park helping it achieve its Green Flag Award for the sixth year running.
The DofE currently supports volunteers throughout Scotland to focus on their relationships with nature, landscapes and wildlife. This latest partnership signifies the start of a strategic relationship between Keep Scotland Beautiful and DofE which will see youth volunteers benefit from further support for their clean up activities Scotland-wide.
Midlothian Countryside Ranger Alan Krumholds said: “Working towards the DofE award is a perfect opportunity for the young people to develop as individuals and to improve their local area at the same time. Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award have the same ethos and their partnership is the perfect link.”
Barry Fisher, director of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scotland, said: “Many young people doing their DofE in Scotland participate in local clean ups as part of their volunteering section and we’re delighted that they will be gaining further support through this project.”
Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This significant backing from one of Scotland’s most prestigious programmes will help young volunteers to further support the Clean Up Scotland campaign and help us on our way to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.”