Volunteers are being urged to help out at a beach clean this weekend at Balmedie Country Park.
The event is the launch of a two-year project aimed at cleaning up the coast between Fraserburgh and Arbroath which is being led by the East Grampian Coastal Partnership (EGCP).
EGCP hopes to recruit a marine and beach litter officer to organise beach cleans, train local volunteers, and promote waste awareness at schools funded by European Maritime Fisheries Fund, Peterhead Port Authority, Vattenfall, Shell UK, Angus Council, The Scottish Fisherman’s Trust and the Aberdeenshire Fish Producers Organisation.
Ian Hay, at EGCP, said: “Lots of great work is already taking place, so this project is about fostering collaboration and encouraging those passionate about the places important to them to be empowered to take responsibility and keep our coastal areas in a healthy condition.”
Saturday’s beach-clean is part of Vattenfall’s Turbine Spotting event, which ties in with the ongoing work to build the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre at Aberdeen Bay.
In addition to the beach clean on Saturday, other events taking place at The Sand Bothy include an arts session hosted by popular Shelagh Swanson, windmill crafts and kite flying, science activities provided by Aberdeen Science Centre, face-painting and drumming workshops. There will be beach access for wheel-chair users.
Volunteers are invited to lend a hand with the beach clean, at the Sand Bothy in Balmedie between noon-4pm on Saturday. Wear sturdy shoes, but all other equipment will be provided.