Community cleans up bonnie Banchory

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Some 30 stalwarts of the Deeside community turned out despite the drizzle on Sunday, May 10, to take part in Banchory’s annual litter pick.

Organised by Bonnie Banchory as part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean, the clean up coincided with one of the three ‘Clean Europe‘ days.

Last year Scotland managed great achievements through ‘CleanUp Europe Day’ with 230 Clean Ups taking place involving 12,103 participants.

With the help of local communities, the support of many partner organisations as well as the backing from MPs, MSPs, MEPs and local councillors, the campaign managed to reach over 343,032 people.

Almost 50 large black bags of rubbish were collected in Banchory last weekend with contents ranging from two large cans of paint (which were both full) to chunks of carpet, children’s toys and empty glass bottles by the sackful.

A spokesman for Bonnie Banchory said: “A big thank you to our volunteers, and also to Tesco who provided refreshments at the end of an afternoon’s hard work.

“It is such a shame that certain sections of our society think it acceptable to throw away their litter at will because some paid Council staff will come along and pick it up. It costs in excess of £1 billion a year to clean Britain’s streets, money which could be better spent elsewhere.”

The next event in the Bonnie Banchory calendar will be the hanging basket planting in early June.

The Bonnie Banchory Project was formed to enhance and extend the floral decorations around the town.

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