A team of spring-cleaners have joined forces to spruce up one of Edinburgh's most iconic streets for residents, visitors and tourists.
Earlier today (Tuesday) volunteers and Council staff gave the Royal
Mile its annual spring clean, tackling issues like graffiti,
litter-dropping and fly-posting.
The event, which is now in its third year, aims to improve the
environment on the world-famous Old Town street as well as encouraging
the public and stakeholders to take care of their surroundings.
Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: "The Royal
Mile spring clean has been a success year-on-year and proves just how
much people care about this historic street.
"It's great to see volunteers come together with Council staff
for the good of the local area, benefitting both the community and
visitors by tackling issues like litter and graffiti to create a
The latest clean-up attracted dozens of volunteers, including
groups from the University of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Society and Friends of Canongate Kirkyard, as well as local
neighbourhood staff, and builds on efforts by local businesses
throughout the year to keep the area clean.
Amongst the work carried out along the Royal Mile, including the
Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate, was the removal of graffiti,
litter-picking, cleaning street furniture like phone boxes and utility
boxes and tackling fly-posting.
The freshen-up follows a series of community events held as part of the Clean Up Edinburgh
campaign, which encouraged the public to play their part by joining in on litter-picks around the city.
The High Street section of the Royal Mile is also part of a trade waste pilot
which sees businesses presenting their trade waste during specified
time slots, reducing the negative environmental impact of containers
left on the street.