Single Spey River Clean
100 Bags of Rubbish Cleared in a Single Weekend
The first Single Spey River Clean event held in Autumn 2020 proved to be a huge success. Despite the dreich conditions and high water, 137 volunteers cleared more than 100 bags of rubbish in a single weekend from the length of the river between its source at Loch Spey and its mouth at Spey Bay. A wide range of individuals took part as well as groups from the Highland Wildlife Park, RSPB, Cairngorm National Park, Police Scotland, Spey Bailiffs, Gordon Castle Estate, Highland Council and many others. As well as groups on the riverbanks, we were also joined by canoeists along the river as well as motorboats from Loch Insh Watersports Centre.
We aim to continue to organise the Single Spey River Clean as a bi-annual (Spring and Autumn event). The ultimate aims of the Single Spey event are to both reduce the amount of rubbish in the Spey system as well as raising awareness of the problem to help prevent its ingress.
In future years, we wish to expand the Single Spey River Clean to include the Spey’s major tributaries and to replicate its successful formula on neighbouring river systems.
The next Single Spey River Clean will be over the weekend of 3rd - 5th June. Confirmed times and locations for river cleans along the Spey near you can be found on our interactive map.