DUNNOTTAR Castle’s ‘Composter Challenge’ went without a hitch on Sunday morning, as helpers from the Stonehaven Running Club, Mackie Academy FP Rugby Club and the Stonehaven Blackbelt Academy all turned out to help the Castle staff to transport equipment and materials up and down the 272 steps - all in the name of helping the environment.
40 bags of cement, 15 fence posts and five wattle panels were carried by the willing volunteers into the castle, and will be used to build a specially designed composter on site to recycle grass cuttings and bird droppings, which will then be used in the Castle’s gardens.
Each team worked in relays as they transported the goods to the Silver House in the Castle grounds, and they were rewarded with a cold beer and a small cash donation to each club for their efforts.
Custodian of the Castle, Wendy Sylvester, said the challenge was “brilliant”, with the entire load moved up to the Castle within an hour.
She said: “It was brilliant, and the weather couldn’t have been better, although it was so warm that some of the lads went for a swim in the sea afterwards to cool down!
“Everyone got stuck in and took part, and there was a really good atmosphere and sense of camaraderie.”
A team from Dunecht Estates, who own the Castle, are due to come and build the composter within the next two weeks, after which an official opening ceremony will be held.