A Rubbish Start to the Week

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7 APRIL 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16239

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Forestry Commission Scotland’s team in Lochaber is urging everyone who visits local tourist sites to take their litter home – or to dispose of it appropriately.

The call comes after a Commission team took a litter picking visit to Glen Nevis and Cow Hill ahead of the main tourism season starting.

Craig Millar of the Lochaber team said

"With both Homecoming and the Commonwealth Games show casing the best of Scotland this year, the amount of litter we removed from this important destination was particularly frustrating.

“We gathered up sack loads of individual items of litter – as well as a couple of complete abandoned camp sites. It’s really disappointing – and a bit worrying - that there seem to be some people who have no regard for the country side or for the perceptions of other visitors who come to this area.

"Tens of thousands of visitors come to Glen Nevis each year, the overwhelming majority of whom are respectful of place and people and leave no trace of their visit. In this really important year, when there are likely to be many more visitors to the country – and to the local area - it would be great for them to go home with stories and pictures of what a fantastic, beautiful and litter free place Scotland is.”

Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.

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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland


e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk