The communities of the Westside will come together to clean up their beaches on Saturday August 18th.  

Meeting at Grinnebhat (Bragar old school) at 10am for a briefing, volunteers from Barvas and Brue Community Centre, Horshader Community Development and Bragar and Arnol Community Trust will be dispatched across the coastline of the Westside.

All volunteers are asked to bring gloves and wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and parents are responsible for their children

The clean-up is carried out in co-operation with Surfers Against Sewage and Clean Coast Outer Hebrides.

Surfers against Sewage (SAS) is a non-profit organisation which has since 1990 sought to improve the quality of the waters around the British Isles through beach clean ups and campaigning for the introduction of legislation.

Set up this year Clean Coast Outer Hebrides (CCOH) is a local organisation set up with the aim of tackling the growing issue of plastic waste, its effect on the environment and more specifically the coasts of the Outer Hebrides.

CCOH are currently attempting to achieve plastic free community status from Surfers against Sewage, undertaking a number of coastal clean ups and providing education on the subject.

 So far they have undertaken a Beach Clean at Sandwick Bay, worked with Back Brownies and Laxdale Scouts and Beavers to carry out Beach Cleans at Coll Beach, organised a Spring Beach Clean around the island beaches and kept records of the plastic collected by weight and encouraged schools, communities and individuals to carry out mini Beach Cleans.

Working with local children at Back Football and Recreation Club CCOH made a float for the Lewis Carnival, which won best dressed/ most creative float.