Life’s a beach for eco hero from Blackness

Jackie Leeds is presented with her hero award by Keep Scotland Beautiful's Katie Murray

Jackie Leeds is presented with her hero award by Keep Scotland Beautiful's Katie Murray

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Blackness woman Jackie Leeds has been recognised as Clean Up Scotland’s April hero of the month.

The award, given by Keep Scotland Beautiful, is awarded to an exceptional individual or organisation in recognition of their environmental efforts and successes.

Jackie was nominated by her partner in recognition of her efforts to clean up the beach at Blackness.

Local hero Jackie said: “Litter spoils our enjoyment of beautiful places, urban or rural, and can cause untold damage to wildlife. It is something that is so preventable but has such a negative impact. Personally, I would rather pick it up than walk past it.

“Cleaning Up the local area improves it visually and environmentally. It’s also a very positive thing to do and makes you feel positive.”

Hania Smith, Falkirk Counil’s community litter officer, said: “Jackie contacted me two years ago asking if she could get involved in reducing dog fouling and litter within Blackness.

‘‘She has now facilitated up to six community litter picks involving the whole community and local schools. She is an energetic woman with a passion for protecting and enhancing her environment and a pleasure to work with.”

Katie Murray, campaigns officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Clean Up Scotland is delighted to recognise Jackie as our April Hero of the Month. The Clean Up Scotland campaign is all about local people improving the environmental quality of their 
neighbourhood. Jackie has set an excellent example by helping to clear litter from Blackness beach.’’