With growing recognition of the impact of tourism on the natural environment, the Real Food Café in Tyndrum is taking matters into its own hands with a campaign of litter picking in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park - with the promise of free fish and chips for everyone taking part.
The first litter pick will take place on Sunday 30th May in conjunction with the Keep Scotland Beautiful Campaign (28 May – 20 June) and will take place on the last Sunday of each month until October. The Real Food Café is providing volunteers with all the equipment required as well as free tea, coffee and biscuits plus servings of the café’s award-winning fish and chips.
The litter collected will be weighed each month and the results announced on social media.
Café manager Colin McGeoch came up with the idea for the campaign after seeing the effects on the local beauty spot of increasing quantities of littering.
Colin said: “It’s been gutting to see my local area being treated like this every day on my way to work. We are proud to welcome visitors from all over the world to the Real Food Café. They come to this area because of its natural beauty but the volume of rubbish is increasingly destroying our natural environment. Community is at the heart of everything we do in the café, so we’ve decided to take the matter into our own hands. We decided to launch it to coincide with the Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign because this organisation is trying hard to tackle climate change and reducing litter and waste.
“I am really looking forward to making this happen; we have had an amazing response from the community so far and I’m sure we’ll get visitors from further afield who are keen to play their part too.”
The events are welcomed by Sarah Heward, co-owner of The Real Food Café, who is heading up a campaign to improve amenities including the car park, public toilets, tourist information boards and rural housing.
She adds: “As a family business, we work extremely hard to recycle our waste, ensure our customers are provided with plenty bins and that are packaging is biodegradable, but we’ve seen a huge raise in litter scattered all over Tyndrum. I really hope that as many people as possible can get involved in Colin’s litter pick. After all, every little helps and we all have a duty of care to our environment.”