Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Extreme beach cleaning

Over the last 18 months Farmer has been picking up marine plastic/rubbish along the coast below Crackaig back to the Whisky Cave.  He started during lambing in 2019, whilst waiting for a ewe to lamb, and decided to keep doing it.   By the end of last summer he had filled two tonne dumpy bags. This at least stopped it all from blowing around.  The only problem though was how to get it home.  That bit of coast is not accessible by quad bike, and being well over a mile to the nearest point where you can get a quad bike it was not going to be possible to carry it.  

The coastline is too rocky for it to be safe for a boat to come in and get it, so the only other option was to get a helicopter to do it, but goodness knows what that would cost.   So what with everything else going on, we just left it.  In the autumn we went down so that Farmer could replace one of the bags as he was worried about it being to photodegrade in the sun.  

Just before Christmas our prayers were answered when we heard that Skyhook Helicopters (part of island based TSL Construction) were going to be lifting huge quantities of fencing material into place on the Isle of Ulva, and so we contacted them and explained our problem.  They very kindly agreed to move the bags for us when they were doing the Ulva job.

Last weekend we got an email saying they were on their way! Delayed by the weather on Friday, it was nice and calm on Saturday.  

Farmer and I both felt quite emotional seeing the bags being lifted up and taken to the roadside over the hill.  

We are so grateful to Skyhook Helicopters for their kindness in helping us.    For the moment that bit of shoreline is clean, hopefully it will stay that way...


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