Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) are encouraging people across the country to take part in their 2024 Spring Clean Scotland campaign, and we want to help! Last year, over 30,000 volunteers got involved in this national movement taking action against litter. This year, we want to encourage even more people to get involved.
Why? Because litter is not only an eyesore, it’s also harmful to wildlife and the environment as a whole. 89% of people who got involved last year also said that getting outdoors and doing a litter pick helped them destress, relax and unwind.
Join us at Morrison’s Haven as we tackle marine litter with likeminded people whilst enjoying a walk along the coast.
To help KSB’s campaign for cleaner oceans, and to increase understanding about marine pollution and habitats, we will carry out marine litter surveys based on KSB procedure. This will involve selecting a 100-metre stretch of beach, over which we will remove, identify and record the litter that we find.
This beach clean will last around 1 hour 30 minutes.
Friendly, quiet dogs are welcome, but we ask they are kept on a short lead throughout.
This event will concentrate on the rocky beach of Morrison’s Haven, starting and finishing at Morrison’s Haven Car Park.
What will we provide?
We'll provide the beach cleaning kit, including gloves, alcohol hand gel, bin bags and pickers (for those who want them). The group leader will carry a large, waterproof backpack to carry additional debris. Binoculars will also be available to borrow for those who want them. A health and safety briefing will take place before heading onto the shore.
What do you need to bring?
Walking boots or shoes with good grip, clothing appropriate for the weather outside, a drink and food as required, any medication you may need, a mobile phone, sun protection (good weather days).
We will be on the move for around 90 minutes during this clean-up. The terrain here is quite rocky and unsuitable for people with mobility or balance issues. The route may include some gentle slopes, uneven sand, rocky ground, and slippy surfaces. We will always try to adjust the pace and the route to make sure that everyone is comfortable, but please let us know in advance if you have questions or concerns about the distance or the route. You can direct queries to email@example.com.
We are sorry to say that this site is inaccessible to wheelchair users and pushchairs, as we are currently unable to provide Beach Wheelchairs at this location. However, should you require wheelchair access and wish to get involved in other beach cleanup events, check out our upcoming events at North Berwick and Seton Sands, where we are delighted to provide wheelchair access to its beaches thanks to the incredible work of the team at Beach Wheelchairs.
The 26 and X26 buses stop every 10-15 minutes at the Prestongrange Mining Museum, which is opposite Morrison’s Haven Car Park. Alternatively, various buses stop at Prestonpans and Musselburgh.
There is free parking at Morrison’s Haven Car Park (note a 2 meter vehicle height restriction, so it is unsuitable for vans or caravans).
Keeping everyone safe
Our group leader is a trained first aider and will be carrying a first aid kit and mobile phone. A copy of the risk assessment for the walk will be available to view before/during the event.
What if the event is cancelled?
If this event is cancelled due to poor weather conditions or other circumstances, we will get in touch with you the day before to let you know.