“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.” – Shetland Amenity Trust
We had our bags and we were ready to tackle the “roadsides of litter” we see when we go riding.
This weekend is the Shetland Redd Up weekend so Flossie, BeAnne and I did a bit along our roads in the afternoon.
We walked what felt like miles, hopping over drains along the road.
Into the hill if we saw a gleam of rubbish.
We walked in the ditches that line the road.
Floss even climbed into a cattle grid.
It left me feeling totally disgusted with lazy-arsed people who can be bothered to put the wrapper around their ice cream lolly sticks but cant be arsed to take it home.
Some twunt deliberately tied a knot into his neatly folded crisp packets before chucking them out. Twice. Why, just why? Who thinks like that? Why would anyone do it?
I also found numerous Lambert & Butler cigarette packets and if I meet the person who smokes them, I will not be answerable for my actions. I was provoked. You have been warned.
Having filled two bags with roadside litter, we went home loathing the human race. What really got to me was that we cleaned up these two exact roads this time last year so all this rubbish was new.
Enraged, Flossie and I needed to spend some quality time with Albie and Newt to find our sanity and regain our perspective.
People are awful. Horses and ponies are much nicer – and tidier too.
We havent finished our Redd Up and will continue to fill a few bags each day over the week.