On Friday, March 4, Crossroads Nursery children, parents and staff took part in ‘Clean for the Queen’.
Armed with litter pickers and wearing protective gloves, the children set out to clear part of the Deeside Way between Banchory and Milton of Crathes.
As a reward for their efforts, the Royal Deeside Railway volunteers gave them a free ride on the steam train.
The children collected sweetie wrappers, drinks cans, plastic bags and even an old wellie boot.
They also collected some of the smaller debris left behind by the January floods.
Liz Moyes, nursery teacher from Crossroads said: “Living in Royal Deeside we felt that Clean for the Queen was a very apt project for the school to be involved with.
“The kids and parent helpers worked incredibly hard and we were astonished at how quickly we managed to fill 10 bin bags.
“We hope that others in the area will feel inspired to do the same in the run up to the Queen’s big day.”
Clean for The Queen is a campaign to clear up Britain in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, which will be officially celebrated in June 2016.
The initiative took place across the country on from Friday, March 4, until Sunday, March 6, with individuals, volunteer groups, local councils, businesses and schools all doing their bit.