Wardie Bay Scrubs up Well..

Posted by in August's Magazine

Members of a local church and residents from nearby Newhaven showed exactly what they think of rubbish when they took to the beach and restored the sands of Wardie Bay, near Granton Pier, to their natural beauty towards the end of last month, in what was the biggest ever clean up of the area.

Concerned about the waste that threatens the reputation and safety of Edinburgh’s beaches, a group of volunteers from Destiny Church, and local residents blitzed the region and cleaned up the mess that had made the beach a health and safety hazard. Around 25 volunteers gathered together on the night, collecting and disposing of a huge amount of waste, from empty beer cans and plastic, to old car tyres.


Not only do littered streets/beaches damage business and tourism opportunities, but it also costs Scottish council taxpayers £65million a year to clean them. But Wardie Bay is a small beach, and not officially a designated bathing area, so therefore it does not come under any legal requirement to be cleaned. Emily Dodd; local resident and clean up organiser said, “Children play amongst beer cans and discarded barbeques, hopefully this will show others that we take pride in our environment and we are no longer prepared to live, work, and play, surrounded by litter. By working together and taking responsibility for our surroundings we can make dropping litter unacceptable and keep Wardie Bay litter free.” Volunteer, and fellow church member, roddy Macdonald added, “It was great because the local community got involved, with children and families coming down to see what we were doing and getting stuck in, which was excellent.”

The idea for the clean up came to light after members from a Home Group, of the local Destiny Church, decided to organise the event after concerns about the state of the beach. The church is already involved in an initiative called Adopt a Block – an idea borrowed from a similar outreach project at the Dream Center in LA – where members of the church go out each week offering whatever help and support they can to the local community, connecting with people, and taking action to meet needs wherever possible.

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