Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Girl power returns litter-strewn North Down Coastal Path to its former splendour

More than 1,200 Brownies and Girl Guides helped clean up Lorne Walk on the North Coast
Brownies Rebecca Walker, Emily Wright and Zara Brown get stuck in

More than 1,200 Brownies and Girl Guides took to the North Down Coastal Path to carry out a good spring clean as part of their annual Lorne Walk last week.

The Brownies were 'lending a hand' to the effort as they celebrated their Big Brownie Birthday of 100 years.

Members of Girlguiding Ulster armed themselves with litter pickers and bags as they set off along the North Down Coastal Path – from Bangor to their head-quarters at Lorne House in Craigavad. Along the way, they cleared away the litter in relays along the spectacular coast, before returning to Lorne House for a well-deserved rest, with beverages provided by Coca-Cola.

Waste items collected included plastic bottles, crisp and sweet wrappers and food packaging.

Carole Graham, Ulster Chief Commissioner Girlguiding Ulster said: "Girlguiding Ulster is very happy to take part in environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful's BIG Spring Clean campaign this year predominantly as part of our annual Lorne Walk.

"This will be the second year we are supporting the BIG Spring Clean campaign and it is all the more fitting as Girlguiding celebrates the 100th birthday of our Brownie section.

"Girls across the country will be marking The Big Brownie Birthday by tackling an array of exciting challenges and events, including the BIG Spring Clean.

"This challenge gives our volunteers and our younger girls an opportunity to be involved in local clean ups and take pride in their local community."

Lynsey McCloskey, Business Development Manager at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, said: "Girl Guiding Ulster has been a major part of this year's Big Spring Clean.

"This has been one of our biggest clean-ups this year, so well done to everyone.

"Educating the youth about the need to keep Northern Ireland beautiful is so important and where real change will begin."

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