Blitzing Banchory’s litter

Bonnie Banchory is calling on the people of Banchory to show their community spirit and come out to blitz the litter as part of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean on Sunday, May 6.

Volunteers of all ages who want to participate are asked to meet at 2pm either in Bellfield Park or at Hill of Banchory School. The clean up should take between one and two hours and volunteers are asked to go suitably dressed and take a pair of thick, protective gloves. Tabards and collection bags will be provided and litter pickers also, where possible.

For the second year running, community police officers will work with volunteers from Banchory Youth Forum to clean up the riverbank area.

PC Michael Whyte, River Dee Riverwatch co-ordinator said: “It is a great opportunity to engage youths and other river interest groups in order to heighten awareness of the worth of the river to the local tourist community, angling community and the environment. Following last year’s success and huge media coverage in various areas of the national angling press, via Ken Reid at the River Board, I intend running probably two or three other dates through the summer. However, it is perfect to be able to work with Bonnie Banchory in order to boost the effort on the day.”

Bonnie Banchory members hope their actions will show the rest of the community how big an issue litter has become – and that dropping rubbish is not acceptable. Not only do littered streets and parks damage business and tourism opportunities but it also costs Scottish council taxpayers £65m a year to clean them.

Margaret Paterson, of Bonnie Banchory, said: “We want to encourage as many volunteers as possible to take part in the town’s clean up. It will show others that we have pride in our town and its environment. We are delighted that once again Tesco has offered to provide refreshments at the store after the litter pick and we hope that the weather will be good so that as many people will turn out on the day.”

Last year in Scotland, almost 100,000 Scots came out to participate in 1,538 clean-up events as part of National Spring Clean - an all-time record. The average quantity of litter collected per person across Scotland was enough to fill 150,000 street litter bins.

For more details on getting involved in the spring clean, call Margaret Paterson on (01330) 822071 or Karen Clark on (01330) 822795.