The springtime sun was showing its support for volunteers from the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, Armoy Primary school and St Olcan’s Primary School who joined forces with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and adopted Armoy Riverside Park.
Help was even enlisted from Cllr Donal Cunningham, the Chairman from Moyle District Council, Gerry Burns from Armoy Community Association (and let’s not forget Ruby the dog!) to bust that grot and instil a sense of pride in their community.
The young people from Armoy came out in force on the 10th March armed with litter pickers, hi viz, gloves and bin bags all provided by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful through the Adopt a Spot scheme with the help of the NGO Challenge Fund.
This initiative was driven locally by Carole O’Kane from Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust.
The picturesque country village of Armoy and Riverside Park appeared to be beautifully kept with very little apparent litter but when the volunteers set off in their hunt for litter it was shocking to see what rubbish was found in the hedges and perimeter of the park. Some items found included a dress, paint tins, a mirror, a car window wiper and even a garden patio table top.
These finds highlight the fact that people have gone out of their way to dispose of these items in the public area.
Thankfully one of the schools involved have decided to recycle and reuse the patio table top and create an art work piece for their school.
Other common finds were plastic bottles, dog foul, beer bottles and cans as well as cigarette butts which clearly proves adults seem to be the main culprits of littering.
Gerry from Armoy Community Association said: “Carole and the rest of her gang from Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust prove that there is a great sense of civic pride and community support in the area and a genuine feel that they what to improve their community for the better which is very heart-warming to see and something we need to see a lot more of.”
If you know of a local grot spot, and fancy Adopting a Spot, contact Leanne Burns for information on 9073 6920.