Award for Paws on Plastic

By bellmannews / March 31, 2023
Dog with plastic bottle in mouth

A STONEHAVEN woman’s dogged determination to reduce litter has earned her an award from No 10.

Marion Montgomery has received Prime Ministerial recognition with a Points of Light Award for her inspirational efforts to make a change in the community through Paws on Plastic – her campaign to reduce litter by encouraging dog owners to pick up two items while out walking.

First established by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, the Point of Light award scheme was launched in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street in April 2014. Since then hundreds of people have been named Points of Light by the Prime Minister, highlighting the wealth of inspirational volunteering across the length and breadth of Britain.

Marion’s army of volunteers was praised by Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt Hon Alister Jack.

He said: “Cleaning up our environment doesn’t have to be difficult. Marion’s initiative is simple but brilliant – and hugely effective. By recruiting a clean-up army of 23,000 dog walkers at home and abroad, she’s improving our public spaces and, importantly, encouraging recycling. I’d like to congratulate her on this well-deserved award.”

Farmers’ market stall

Paws on Plastic have a charity stall at the Stonehaven Farmers Market this Saturday – and Sunday 2nd April is their annual Paws on Plastic Day when they encourage all dog owners to get out, pick up a few pieces of litter and post photos on social media with our hashtag & links to spread the word. This is in support of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s national Spring Clean.