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Golf joins coalition against litter

December 24, 2014

Scotland's charity for the environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has welcomed the support of the Golf Club Managers Association of Scotland for their Clean-up Scotland Campaign - Scotland's anti-litter campaign. The organisations have come together to work to eliminate the many tons of litter and tipping that finds its way on to Scotland's beautiful golf courses year on year.

The partnership was sealed by GCMA Secretary for Scotland, Allan Osborne when he signed the Clean up Scotland pledge at Keep Scotland Beautiful's office.

Over 50,000 people have taken the Clean-up Scotland pledge, with the new First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon becoming the 50,000 th person to sign up. An incredible 500,000 individual volunteering actions have already taken place to take local clean-up action in communities across Scotland since the launch of the Campaign two years ago.

In support of the partnership, Secretary of the Scottish Golf Club Managers Association, Allan Osborne said:

“We are delighted to join in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful in support of the Clean up Scotland campaign. For too long now, golf club staff and volunteers have had the unenviable task of clearing up the litter and fly-tipping that blights our golf courses all across Scotland. At a time when golf clubs are feeling the squeeze, this costs valuable time and money that would be much better spent elsewhere.

“In addition, golf tourism plays such an important role in the life of many clubs so it really is vital that we present those visitors with courses that are free of litter and mess. I am sure that golfers everywhere will be keen to support this campaign and play their part by taking care of their own club, encouraging fellow members to dispose of their litter in the bins that are provided and also for them to be on the lookout for illegal dumping” 

Keep Scotland Beautiful Chief Executive, Derek Robertson said:

“I am delighted that the GCMA is able to support the Clean-up Scotland Campaign. We all know how significant the golfing industry is to Scotland and it is vitally important that our courses are in pristine condition. It is appalling that individuals think it is acceptable to fly-tip their unwanted goods on to our great golf courses or, indeed, for golfers to discard their litter without consideration.

“Hopefully our partnership will help highlight this reckless behaviour and lead to a change.

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