Council chiefs in Aberdeen are inviting green-fingered locals to get in shape while helping with the upkeep of a local nature reserve this weekend.
Aberdeen City Council’s Countryside Rangers are asking people to help them cut down invasive gorse and broom to give heather more room to grow as they try to protect one of the region’s “most beautiful habitats” at Kincorth Hill.
The free event on Saturday will run from 10am to 3pm, and gloves, tools and hot drinks will be provided.
Participants are asked to dress warmly and wear wellies or sturdy footwear, and to bring a packed lunch.
The council’s Communities, Housing and Infrastructure convener, Councillor Neil Cooney, said: “The heather on Kincorth Hill is beautiful – particularly at this time of year – so it’s good the Countryside Rangers are encouraging its growth by cutting back on invasive plants.
“We have lots of wide, open green spaces in the city which we’d encourage all residents and visitors to go and explore, and events such as these are particularly good for people to understand a bit more about the flora and fauna around them as the rangers are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.”
Participants are asked to meet at the Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve car park at Abbotswell Crescent.
If the rangers can get a fire going by burning the cut material, there will be a lunchtime “treat” of baked potatoes and roasted marshmallows.
For more information and to book a place, call 01224 326429.