Banchory targets litter menace

Volunteers are needed for Banchory's community litter pick.
Volunteers are needed for Banchory's community litter pick.

By Graeme Scott


Voluntary group Bonnie Banchory is joining forces with the new Banchory Men’s Shed project for the Spring Clean Community Litter Pick on Sunday, May 8, from 2-4pm.

Both groups are urging local residents to show their community spirit and tackle litter as part of the Clean Up Scotland campaign, which is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the charity for Scotland’s environment.

This year, the Banchory event is also registered in the ambitious Clean Up Europe campaign as the number of volunteers helping throughout Scotland for the annual event will be logged and fed into the European picture to help promote Scotland as one of Europe’s cleanest places.

Volunteers of all ages who want to take part are asked to meet at 2pm at any of the three main locations- Bellfield Park, Banchory Primary and the Hill of Banchory schools.

Margaret Paterson, of Bonnie Banchory, said: “We want to encourage as many volunteers of all ages to take part in the clean-up. It will show others that we have pride in our town and its environment.”

Aberdeenshire Council is also playing its part in the event supplying black bags, litter pickers and extra waste bins on the day.

Local councillor Karen Clark said: “We will be targeting some of the places which are sometimes that bit more difficult to get to on a regular basis. Hopefully the public will get the message that dropping litter is unacceptable and makes our beautiful town an eyesore.”