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Highland Park and SCRAPbook collaboration set to help clean up Orkney coastline

Helen Houston, chair of the Moray Firth Partnership, volunteer Pilots Dave Brown, Paul Horth and Marie Stanton, Highland Park, launch the SCRAPbook coastal mapping in Orkney.
Helen Houston, chair of the Moray Firth Partnership, volunteer Pilots Dave Brown, Paul Horth and Marie Stanton, Highland Park, launch the SCRAPbook coastal mapping in Orkney.

Orkney will be photographed from the air in a project to tackle coastal litter.

The Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography (SCRAPbook) initiative will take to the skies over the Orkney Islands this week following the successful mapping of the Scottish mainland last year.

Funding from Orkney distillery Highland Park will see volunteer pilots in a light aircraft to capture extensive and detailed images of pollution around the islands’ coastline.

The images will then be classified by volunteers and put onto an online map identifying litter hot spots.

This in turn helps direct the community and volunteer efforts to take targeted clean up action.

Marie Stanton, distillery manager, Highland Park, said: “We are always looking to improve and enhance sustainability at Highland Park, so partnering with SCRAPbook feels like a natural fit and a great opportunity for us to continue to work with our local community to look after both the land we live and work on and the sea that surrounds us.”

As well as providing funding for SCRAPbook’s Orkney map, employees from Highland Park will be amongst the first to take part in a volunteer clean-up operation when the results are published later in the year.

Launched in 2018, SCRAPbook is a project led by two charities the Moray Firth Partnership and Sky Watch UK Civil Air Patrol.

 

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