A Portknockie resident has penned a poem after being shocked by the scale of littering on a country road.
Lorna Sinclair discovered large volumes of litter while walking the country road between Findochty and Portknockie.
She decided to write a parody poem of Kenneth Graham’s Ducks Ditty to “make people think about their actions”.
Mrs Sinclair said: “On one of our daily walks, we were appalled to discover the amount of litter thrown into the ditches or under bushes along a quiet, one-mile country road between Findochty and Portknockie.
“Armoured with black bags and garden gloves, we began clearing up the litter, which amounted to four bags of general rubbish, 39 drinks cans and a staggering 179 empty Tennant’s lager cans.”
Mrs Sinclair’s poem reads:
We are so fortunate to live in a beautiful corner All along Dyce Backie,
The Middle Baud’s road too,
Litter is a-gathering,
Rubbish all on view.
Coke tins, beer tins
Plastic bottles glitter,
Lying in the ditches there –
What a mess of litter!
Mossy green undergrowth
Where the wildlife roam,
Here they ditch their beer cans;
Close to creatures’ homes.
For every can that they drink there
We make this plea:
Pick it up, take it home,
Keep it litter free.
High in the blue above
Swifts whirl and call –
Our North East is a bonnie place,
So keep it clean for all!