A GROUP of canoeists played their part in keeping the Wee County clean recently as they took to the water to clean up Gartmorn Dam.

The Clackmannanshire Canoe Club, a volunteer-run paddlesports club, were out in force on Wednesday, August 31 to clean up the dam they use for training.

And, in just a few short hours, a total of 13 bags of litter was collected by the group.

Gary McAra, who organised the litter pick, told the Advertiser: “We use the dam with the canoe club every Wednesday night from March to the end of September.

“As the weeks and months were going by we noticed there was more and more litter so we got to a point where we decided to do something about it so we picked a day and done a litter pick.”

The group have cleaned the dam in the past and also other Wee County beauty spots.

Gary continued: “We’ve done the dam a few years back and we’ve done the River Devon a couple of times, too.

“It’s just the areas we use so it’s trying to keep it nice and clean.”

Ten people were involved in the litter pick, including two children under the age of 10.

The club has been running for around 15 years and used to train in a Clacks pool.

Gary continued: “We’ve been a wee bit lost without the pool to be honest.

“It’s nice to have a pool for the club because it’s a focal point, especially for safety.”

The group were pleased with their collection of 13 bags considering another group had been in the week before to do a littler pick.

Gary continued: “We do it from the water so we do all the edges, all the banks and near the paths.

“We don’t mind doing it because we’re the ones that have to paddle about in it.”

The club would like to thank Clackmannanshire Council for the equipment to enable the litter pick.

Visit facebook.com/clackscanoe for more information on the canoe club and their activities.