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Clean Sweep

Join our community of litter picking volunteers

Clean Sweep is the part of Milngavie in Bloom that keeps our town looking its best by removing litter. 

Our Clean Sweep convenor is Sheena Maclachlan.


We organise regular group litter picking sessions of the precinct and surrounding areas. 


We have over 30 volunteers who enjoy getting some exercise and caring for the local environment by picking up litter with like minded people in their community. If you'd like to join in just turn up at the next Clean Sweep session. No experience is necessary - just bring gloves and appropriate footwear and we'll provide the rest. And if you have young children or grandchildren why not bring them along so they can be Little Litter Heroes (see below for more).


For dates of upcoming Clean Sweep sessions click here.

We also advertise sessions on the village noticeboards, in the local paper and Community Magazine. 

7 reasons to take children litter picking

  1. They get fresh air and exercise

  2. Good for hand-eye coordination

  3. It's an activity the whole family can do together

  4. It fosters a sense of community spirit & civic pride

  5. They learn about materials and what happens to them in nature

  6. They build up a knowledge of local geography

  7. And best of's free of charge!

We have a selection of child sized litter picks. Children welcome with a supervising adult and appropriate clothing and footwear. 

Upstream Battle

A sub group called the Upstream Battle Anchor Group are assisting Beautiful Scotland by surveying the litter in and on the banks of the Allander Water. Their role is to monitor litter in the tributaries of the Clyde including our own Allander Water.

Health & Safety in the River Allander

Trolleys in the River Allander continue to be a source of concern to those with civic pride in our town.  We continue to work with EDC, the supermarket managers and Beautiful Scotland

to address these issues. However if individuals wish to fish out the trolleys they must do so at their own risk, working in pairs, and not wearing Milngavie in Bloom tabards. Milngavie in Bloom is not covered by insurance and the river can be very dangerous in parts and water levels rise very quickly.

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