Clean Coast Outer Hebrides has a lot to report at their forthcoming Annual General Meeting on 12 October.
Among items of good news is the announcement that the group has become one of three local charities selected for the Tesco Blue Token scheme.
That means shoppers will be able to ‘vote’ using their blue tokens in the Stornoway store between 1 October and 31 December, with funding of up to £1,500 on offer from the Tesco Community Grants initiative.
Group co-ordinator Janet Marshall said: “We have several very exciting projects for the coming year and whatever we receive from Tesco, the more we receive, the more areas we can reach.
“We are planning to have a series of family-friendly beach clean events with historians, wildlife experts, geologists and Gaelic speakers joining us to help us all know and understand more about the shores to which we are making a difference. This will be in many locations throughout the islands.
“Here at Clean Coast Outer Hebrides we are always willing to explore new ways of working, and we are fundraising to get our own landing-craft-type vessel. Until we have our own vessel we need kind boat or kayak owners to help us remove marine litter from remote shores.
“The shores that we wish to tackle can be reached from land, however they involve a good walk so are impracticable to carry the marine waste back overland, therefore the vessels would need to be able to land and to carry/tow the litter collected to a point where we can uplift it to take to be recycled if possible.
“Our mission is to protect the coastline of the Outer Hebrides. Our vision is to end coastal pollution around our islands.”
Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects.
Voting is open at Tesco Stornoway in October, November and December and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.
The CCOH annual general meeting is on Tuesday 12 October at 7.30pm via Zoom. It is open to everyone, but only paid up members can vote.
To find out more about the work of CCOH, go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/1211269445642281 or search for Clean Coast Outer Hebrides.
Pictures show one of the hard-to-reach island coves with noticeable plastic pollution, and a successful mission at Ramadal, Knock in July this year (CCOH).