Green award for Pick Up Peterhead

Pick Up Peterhead group members receive the coveted Green Butterfly Award.
Pick Up Peterhead group members receive the coveted Green Butterfly Award.

A Peterhead environment group has picked up a top award.

Pick Up Peterhead was awarded a coveted Green Butterfly Award, run by Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum, at a recent ceremony held at the Greenview Centre, Rothienorman.

The awards were presented by Councillor Isobel Davidson, to a number of groups who have benefited the environment by their work.

Pick Up Peterhead is an informal, spontaneous group of exceptionally keen people in the Blue Toon who have taken membership of ALI (Aberdeenshire Litter Initiative) to a completely new level.

Their Facebook page has more than 200 members and is used to communicate, learn and inform the wider community of people who care about their environment.

Many members live in Peterhead and the ‘prime movers’ are very active in campaigning for a cleaner town and pushing the council to provide more appropriate facilities.

A number of the volunteers are very dedicated litter pickers with a few out almost every day.

There is a huge age range and some of the younger mums have enrolled their children as junior ALI members.

Regular group activities are organised, particularly at the Peterhead Lido which receives a new deposit of detritus on every tide.

Currently the group is campaigning for more responsible actions in respect of litter from fishing and industrial users of Peterhead Harbour.

Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum (AEF) aims to encourage and support groups and individuals in Aberdeenshire to exchange information and share knowledge about the environment, so that sound and sustainable environmental decisions are made by all.

The forum, which was started in 1979 (previously known as Gordon Environmental Forum), wants to ensure that all individuals in Aberdeenshire can make a difference and be responsible for their impact on the environment. It aims to be the “green conscience” for Aberdeenshire.

AEF organises invited speakers, or site visits, for interested groups and individuals so that informed decisions about the environment can be made.

Meetings are open to all and are an opportunity to debate current issues, obtain updates from working groups, network and discuss matters arising.

In addition to acknowledging and commending good practice, the forum acts as a watchdog over practices which may have a detrimental effect on the environment and will actively submit comments and respond to current issues/consultations or issues raised by concerned individuals.