Volunteers are being urged to help get Irvine harbourside ship-shape this summer — by rolling up their sleeves for two community clean ups.

The Scottish Maritime Museum has teamed up with Irvine Clean Up Crew to keep the town beauty spot tidy and are looking for an army of volunteers to join them.

A number of events have been lined up in conjunction with the clean-ups as part of Climate Fringe Week (18 – 26 September), which celebrates and supports all the ways in which everyone can engage in caring for the environment.

Organisers say it's an opportunity to have fun, meet new people and then enjoy a celebration to mark everyone's efforts, as well as raising awareness of pollution.

Members of Irvine Clean Up Crew
Members of Irvine Clean Up Crew

The clean-ups will take place on Saturday, August 7 and Saturday, September 4.

Suitable for all ages, they will combine litter picks with environmental talks. All bags, gloves and litter pickers will be provided.

The Harbourside clean up on August 7 begins at 11am at the Scottish Maritime Museum Reception in the Linthouse building on Harbour Road, Irvine, Ayrshire.

This will be followed by a 'Caring for Our Environment' talk in the outside seating area at 12.30pm.

Irvine Clean Up Crew and the North Ayrshire Rangers Service will chat about the work they do across our urban and natural environments.

The Scottish Maritime Musuem in Irvine
The Scottish Maritime Musuem in Irvine

Between 1pm and 4pm the Harbourside will also host the Irvine Sea Cadets’ Community Open Day, so there's a perfect reason to hang around and enjoy some nautical adventure and fun on the water.

The activities start from Irvine Harbour pontoons, across from the Harbour Arts Centre.

The Irvine waterways clean up at 11am on September 4 will be followed by a 'Making a Splash Fighting Pollution' talk in the outside seating area at 12.30pm.

This talk will be given by Rubbish Paddlers which was established during lockdown to help clean up Ayrshire's waterways removing litter from the rivers by kayak.

A Community Summer Clean Up Celebration dubbed The STORM Walk - will take place at 12 noon on Saturday, October 2.

Meeting at the Coastwatch Scotland Unit on Irvine Beach Park, everyone will meet and walk with the giant, ten metre tall puppet STORM, a sea goddess created entirely of recycled and natural material by Vision Mechanics.

Nicola Scott, Exhibitions and Events Officer at the Scottish Maritime Museum said: “We’re thrilled to join with Irvine Clean Up Crew to help get the Harbourside and waterways shipshape for everyone to enjoy.

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"As well as getting heaps of satisfaction from making a difference to our environment, it will be a great opportunity to meet other people living nearby and have some fun.

“The arrival of the towering STORM will also be a fantastic recognition of everyone’s work and represent all the rubbish we’ve cleaned up over the summer!

"Walking together with STORM, from Irvine Beach to the Scottish Maritime Museum, everyone can then also help raise awareness about ocean plastic pollution.

“We’re looking forward to the moment STORM meets our resident basking shark too!

"The life size, seven metre long basking shark was created from discarded fishing industry litter by Justin Vibert Wilson for the 'Giving Nature a Home' project in the run up to COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this November.

Justin Vibert Wilson and his life size basking shark, which is currently on show in the Scottish Maritime Museum Courtyard
Justin Vibert Wilson and his life size basking shark, which is currently on show in the Scottish Maritime Museum Courtyard

“The Community Summer Clean Up events and Celebration are going to be great fun so everyone should get along to one if not all events!”

For updates on the Community Summer Clean up events and celebration visit www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org or follow the Scottish Maritime Museum’s social media.

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