PUPILS from Ardrossan Academy and members of the Three Towns Clean Up Crew teamed up recently to tidy South Beach.

The initiative was part of environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful’s My Beach Your Beach campaign, which launched earlier in June and is focusing on seven of the country’s well-loved beaches through targeted interventions to change behaviour.

The selected beaches – Ayr, Troon, Saltcoats/Ardrossan, Irvine, Fisherrow Sands, Portobello and Kinghorn – have all faced challenges in improving the quality of their bathing water as measured by SEPA.

On Friday, June 10, as part of the launch of this year’s campaign, 10 pupils from the Ardrossan secondary school, along with two teachers, joined six members of the Clean-up Crew and Emma Glencross from Keep Scotland Beautiful to remove the equivalent of seven large bags of rubbish from the beach.

A spokesman for the group told the Herald: “We used small bags and emptied them into the bins provided, rather than use the single-use green bags.

“It is hoped this will the first of many beach cleans in Ardrossan this summer and there will be more co-operation between schools and the Three Towns Clean-up Crew.”

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