From the Shetland Amenity Trust website
“Da Voar Redd Up is the UK’s most successful community litter pick, with over 20% of Shetland’s population volunteering their time annually. This annual spring clean makes an invaluable contribution to Shetland’s natural environment and wildlife, clearing Shetland’s beaches, coastlines and roadsides of litter and the debris washed up by winter storms.”
Voar = Spring (Shetland dialect)
Redd Up = to clean up (old Norse/Middle English dialect)
So OH, Daisy, me and Haakon, complete with kishies to carry the bags and went to redd up the roadside we ride along almost daily.
We also went far into the hill for our litter.
I was on horse duty as picking up litter is a back-killer.
Haakon was a very good boy. He carried full bags and he didn’t mind them flapping behind him or lurching unevenly on his sides. He is used to our mad schemes and I had a pocketful of munchy-crunchies which he was happy to relieve me of.
Haakon was a bit surprised by the noise of this iron grill when OH pulled it down the road but he didn’t run off.
Some of the time, I would let him go while I disappeared into a ditch after rubbish.
His reward was all the roadside thistles he could eat.
There was some litter we left – silage bale wrap in barbed wire is impossible.
Why are folk so revolting?
Haakon took an interest in everything we picked up.
He had the occasional nose-kissey as well.
Everyone worked very hard.
OH even pulled a dead sheep out of the drain. It would be polluting the water downstream. The birds will finish it.
Once we had filled a good few bags (8, I think) and left them on the side of the road for collection, we went home.
Rewards for all.