Loch Ken Community Create Bespoke Art On Bins To Encourage People To Use Them

A bin that is also a work of art was unveiled in a lay by near Loch Ken on Thursday October the 8th, the scenic trash can has been created to help encourage people to place their litter in it and help keep the region tidy.

This collaborative community project was the brainchild of Chris Driscoll from Crossmichael who thought that by creating striking art around the loch that locals and visitors alike might be encouraged to actually use the bins instead of leaving litter scattered around the area.

This first ‘trial’ bin was painted by local artist Jane Howe and features a sailing boat and some hidden Belted Galloway cattle which you can try to find if you stop to use the lay by! Chris said, ‘I already have a bank of local artists keen to get involved and this will add to the benefits of the area around Loch Ken whilst demonstrating the cultural and artistic richness within our community.’

Jim McLelland of Crossmichael and Sam Rushton, local Community Engagement officer have been instrumental in helping to pull the teams of community members together and their energy and enthusiasm are to be much admired.

Jim explained, ‘It seemed an exciting route forward and runs in tandem with our community litter picking project in order to help keep Dumfries & Galloway beautiful.’ Sam added, ‘The Community are excited about taking the project forward and the hunting for the Belties will create some fun for families and visitors alike.’  


Cllr Pauline Drysdale said, ‘The Council Teams have encouraged us to take this project forward and they have been most helpful in co-ordinating and helping with delivery and drop off of the bin. It will encourage members of the public and locals to utilise the bins whilst creating interest around Loch Ken and fitting in perfectly with the Biosphere, the Dark Skies & the outstanding natural beauty of our area. It’s joint Community projects that include so many inspiring local people that make us such an outstanding region to live and work within. We all hope to take this project forward in conjunction with The Galloway Glens Team, The Loch Ken Development Trust and Dumfries & Galloway Council.’  Jude Crooks, spokesperson at The Galloway Glens Scheme concluded, ‘We delighted to see local communities coming together to make the Loch Ken area a vibrant and colourful place to live, work and play and the hidden Belties will add an extra angle which fits into our rural and agricultural area landscape.’


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