2015 has been a year of upkeep and maintanance in the town for local volunteer gardeners Stonehaven Horizon Group.
However, last week, two residents visited the Leader office to tell us about one particular selfless individual who has gone above and beyone the call of duty recently.
Roddy McAlpine, who recently retired from Landscape Services, can be seen combing the boardwalk at Stonehaven Beach three times a week whatever the weather.
Horizon Convenor Kath Boyne told us that Roddy, who joined the group in January, likes to be kept busy.
She said: “As we in Horizon only work on a Tuesday morning I asked if he would like to take on the additional job of keeping the Boardwalk clear.
“Some areas are lower than the beach and quickly get covered in sand and pebbles making it hard for people with wheelchairs and mums with buggies to use it. He was happy to do this. People stop and speak to him and tell him what a good job he’s doing and he loves it and makes him feel he is doing something useful which of course he is.”
Stonehaven Horizon is a voluntary group which was formed in 2004 to foster civic pride in the town. This year the members have focused on the upkeep and maintance of past projects.
“We have been revisiting past projects such as the Shelter at the Harbour which we upgraded and painted in 2014 and the area next to Cowie Mill which we cleared in 2012 but which still needs to be weeded. We did install the log bench at the Wave Garden by the Beach Pavilion which was carved out of a tree trunk and depicts a mother seal rising out of the sea at one end with a baby seal at the the other end.
“This has proved very popular and is being well used.”