The Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing group have made a big splash environmentally.

The Largs based group were awarded a green flag for their contribution to cleaning up the local environment

The recent presentation took place at the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association Freshwater sprints and AGM at Loch Tummel.

John McFarlane, group environmental co-ordinator, explained: “The main focus is on beach cleaning and our wonderful marine environment and we do this under the umbrella of both “Keep Scotland Beautiful”and the Marine Conservation Society.

"We have two beaches which we regularly survey for the Marine Conservation society and submit reports.

"North Ayrshire Council supply pickers, bags and gloves and take the collected rubbish away at the end of the clean.

“As a club we are proud to work with our partners in making our wee bit of the world a cleaner and greener place.”

John also sits on the local Environmental sub group of the Largs Community Council as a club representative.

Although the club have carried out numerous initiatives over the past few years this is the first time that they have applied for a green flag award.