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The independent environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has announced a new partnership between its mass engagement Clean Up Scotland campaign and the War Memorials Trust. The War Memorial Campaign will encourage and support volunteer members of the public in Clean Up events around their local war memorials and in reporting graffiti and conditions of the structures to the War Memorials Online project.

With an estimated 6,000 war memorials in Scotland (and an estimated 100,000 across the UK), nearly every community has a war memorial, and its preservation and upkeep is an integral part of having respect for our local areas and those who fought for our country.

In preparation for, and as a legacy of, Remembrance Sunday 2014, Keep Scotland Beautiful is encouraging volunteers to step forward to help care for their local memorial. Volunteers are being sought to: organise Clean Up events in the green spaces and streets surrounding war memorials; report incidences of graffiti and the general condition of local war memorials; and

care for a war memorial site in the long term by entering the annual ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ awards, to improve and develop the local area.

The Clean Up Scotland campaign aims to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe. To achieve this, individuals, groups, schools and businesses are encouraged to take pride in where they live, work and spend their leisure time. Clean Up Scotland leads community Clean Up activities to tackle the carelessness and illegal behaviour of those individuals who damage our quality of life and tarnish the country’s image.

To find out how you can get involved in cleaning up your community and creating a legacy of activity following on from The Great War centenary, visit www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupscotland.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“War memorials remind us of the sacrifice many servicemen and women have made for us all and we must ensure that they receive the respect they deserve.

“Many of the estimated 6,000 war memorials in Scotland are treasured but too often others are neglected and vandalised or left to suffer the effects of ageing and weathering. War memorials are an important feature of the Scottish landscape, and caring for them, and the whole communities which surround them through Clean Ups, is integral to installing pride in our local areas.”

Keith Brown MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, said:

“War memorials are very important; they link the past to the present and enable people to remember and respect the sacrifice of those who died, fought, participated or were affected by conflicts. They are a central part of communities the length and breadth of Scotland, and I would encourage people to get involved with Keep Scotland Beautiful’s campaign to clean up Scotland’s war memorials.”