Green Butterfly Award

Stonehaven woman Sarah Dickinson is one of this year’s Green Butterfly Award winners, presented by Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum.

sarah was described as a Local ‘champion’ in convincing Stonehaven & District Community Council to operate the Stonehaven Adopt a street scheme affiliated to Aberdeenshire Litter Initiative (Ali).

The scheme would not have been established or been so successful had it not been for her considerable efforts.

Sarah is a committed litter volunteer regularly seen in the town picking litter. In addition she has taken the educational aspects of the project to the local schools and worked closely with them making presentations to the children and providing litter clearing equipment for the use of pupils and staff.

Her award recognises leadership and inspiration shown to all in the community.

other recipients included Drum Castle Gardens, Drumoak; the Ellon Biodiversity Action Group; Midmar School, Midmar; Meldrum School, Oldmeldrum; the PUT Community Co-operative, Pitmedden; Mud Pies, an education business running environmental classes for young children and the Woodend Arts Association, Woodend Barn Arts Centre, Banchory.

WAA has helped to create two fields of Allotment Gardens behind Woodend Barn Arts Centre in Banchory. These are now independently run by Woodend Allotments, a new volunteer group.

WAA also created a wild garden in previously derelict agricultural land behind the Barn. This involved digging out part of the original mill pond and planting many trees and bushes,

They also, recently installed a biomass boiler, replacing its oil usage with wood pellets.