A north-east care home is hoping volunteers lend a hand to help clear a local beach later this month.
Staff from Sunnybank Care Home, near Peterhead, will tackle the waste left on Cruden Bay’s sands on June 14 as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beachwatch campaign.
And to help get the sands pristine in time for summer, staff and residents are appealing for help.
Last night, Jill Summers, the manager at Sunnybank, said residents are “proud” to be able to take part in the campaign but are unable to help clear waste.
“Although our residents won’t be able to take part in the clean-up, they’ll be there supporting us on the day, and any extra help we could get from local residents would be more than welcome,” she added.
“Not only is it important to keep our local beaches clean for everyone to enjoy, litter can also have a detrimental impact on our local wildlife. We’re happy to help improve this situation in our own way, as well as having some fun too.”
Beachwatch is an annual survey and cleaning programme which enlists the help of volunteers across the UK every year.
It monitors and reports on the levels of waste across the country’s beaches and aims to raise awareness of the impact litter has on the environment.
Around 277,354 pieces of litter were collected in the UK last year, with an average of 3,298 items picked up per half-mile surveyed.
All equipment required on the day of the clean will be provided by Aberdeen Council’s waste department.
Staff from Sunnybank will spend the morning at Cruden Bay before moving on to help with efforts at Fraserburgh which is also being targeted by the MCS.