Littoral Art Project’s litter alert

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An art project plans to investigate and draw attention to beach litter and its effects on the environment.

Julia Barton, the first Artist in Residence on Isle Martin, Loch Broom, aims to make a floating graphic illustration of the litter problem which continues to blight our coastline by creating “litter lines”.

She has been mapping and recording washed up litter on Camas a’ Bhuailidh beach, Isle Martin, as part of the Littoral Art Project.

Isle Martin is an uninhabited island and is the closest of the Summer Isles to Ullapool. It has been the site of a monastery, a herring curing station, flour mill and an RSPB reserve before being gifted to a community trust.

Pupils from Ullapool High school visited the island to help begin the first litter line made from plastic drinks bottles. Julia is stitching and tying together similar types of materials with found rope and cord to make a series of ten lines.

On World Environment Day, June 5th, Julia and a team of rowers from the local skiff club and High School will tow the ‘litter lines’ across Loch Kinaird to the Ardmair slipway.

Julia has worked with over 100 people over the past 9 months in the Ullapool and Coigach area including five schools. The local community has been invited to take part; everyone is welcome.

The event is one of thousands which are taking place across the world as part of the United Nations Environment Programme encouraging awareness and action for the environment.

The ‘litter lines’ will be collected by the Highland Council Waste Services and the recycling journey of the litter will be documented on the project blog at