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THE ANNUAL spring clean-up Da Voar Redd Up is set to return in full next month.

The Shetland Amenity Trust event will take place between 23-29 April.

The Redd Up is Shetland’s most successful community beach and roadside clean-up with over 200 groups and 4,500 volunteers having taken part in previous years.

But the event has been curtailed during the Covid pandemic. It was cancelled in 2020 and the redd up took place last year with some changes.

One of the organisers Rory Tallack said: “We are delighted to see DVRU return in full for the first time in three years having previously had to scale it back due to Covid restrictions.

“The Redd Up makes a huge contribution to the protection of Shetland’s natural environment and wildlife, clearing Shetland’s beaches, coastlines and roadsides of litter and the debris washed up by winter storms.

“For anyone in Shetland looking to make a meaningful difference to the local environment, then this is a really effective, fun and sociable way in which to do so.”

Da Voar Redd Up is open to everyone in the community.

Individual redd ups are usually undertaken by groups, such as families, schools and community groups.

Anyone keen to join in but is not sure how is encouraged to get in touch with amenity trust organisers who will help put them in touch with a group.

People can sign up online via the trust website and choose a redd up location, which also means that the organisers can ensure that different groups are not cleaning the same places.

Bags will be provided and during registration there is the option to specify a roadside collection of bags after the redd up.

Folk are encouraged to look out for unusual items during their clean ups, such as Mermaid’s Purses, and log them with the Shark Trust, as the information gathered will help inform important research.

The trust believes that safety in the community is of the highest priority, so would like to remind volunteers to adhere to the most recent government guidance on hand hygiene and social distancing.

Shetland Amenity Trust said it would like to thank all volunteers and organisations supporting Da Voar Redd Up 2022, including Shetland Islands Council, Shetland Charitable Trust, Marine Conservation Society, Enquest Sullom Voe and Tesco Bags of Help.

Anyone with issues registering online can leave a message on 01595 694688.