Litter pick cleans up beachfront

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a group of volunteer parents and children from the ‘South Deeside Under Fives’ helped tackle the issue of litter in Stonehaven – while raising £717 for group funds.

On Saturday 26 May the group of 14 adults and 12 children combed the sea front from Stonehaven Harbour to the Beach Front Pavilion, collecting litter and rubbish along the way.

Altogether, 12 large refuse sacks of litter were collected by the group and the shoreline looked like a beach again and not a rubbish dump. Sadly, the following day, one or two areas that had been cleaned were again littered with bags, papers and the remains of beer-loving sun bathers, but the majority of the beach front still looked good.

The pick was carried out to raise much needed funds for the children’s independent childcare charity based at the Maryculter Community Hall next to the Old Mill Inn.

Shona Grimmer, the group’s current Chairperson said: “We are eternally grateful for the efforts of our small band of volunteers who came out and worked so hard in the heat to clear the beach area but would also like to give our appreciation to the remaining members of our group and wider community who have promised to sponsor all the children that were involved. We hope to raise a good few hundred pounds from this venture, and global energy services company, Senergy, has kindly pledged financial support in addition to the funds raised by our members.”

The group was also supported by the Tesco store at Banchory which donated small litter grabbers used by the children, as well as Aberdeenshire Council which provided the use of adult litter picks, refuse bags and bins used for the event.

Constable Graham Wilson of Grampian Police, a Community Liaison Officer in Stonehaven said: “I saw the group working hard on the beach that day and what a terrific difference they made. So many locals commented on their efforts and the cleanliness of the shoreline afterwards. I would support any local groups staging this kind of event but would additionally like to emphasise that everyone has a duty to dispose of litter responsibly and appropriately. If no bins are provided, they should take their leftover things away with them as it just makes the area look scruffy, attracts seagulls to scavenge more and can equally be dangerous to people and wildlife on our coastlines.”