Pride in Peterhead

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A HARDY band of volunteers were busy down at Peterhead’s Lido beach recently clearing up after the storms.

With Scottish environment secretary Richard Lochhead last week urging everyone to help clean up our environment, several members of the Facebook group ‘Pick Up Peterhead!’ had already been doing just that.

Some had even been out in atrocious weather clearing up before Christmas.

This time they cleared five truckloads of large objects including oil drums, fishboxes, window frames and other pieces of structures broken up by the waves.

The group’s Theresa Ritchie told the Buchanie: “There were three large beams from the breakwater which had to be chainsawed by council workmen before they could be removed from the beach.

“Added to that haul were numerous bags of litter consisting of hundreds of plastic flagons of unknown origin and all the usual tide borne garbage.”

Individually and collectively, members of Pick Up Peterhead! have been picking up rubbish in and around the town for almost a year now.

As a group they have picked up hundreds of black bags full of litter and hopefully inspire others to do their little bit for the community.

As well as being physically active they work behind the scenes highlighting problem areas such as dog fouling, fly-tipping and issues with waste bins and have established a good working relationship with Aberdeenshire Council Waste and Landscape Services.

Thersa explained: “Most of the members have joined Aberdeenshire Litter Initiative who are always looking for volunteers to become active in their own community by adopting a street - or part of it - to take positive action to help keep it litter free.”

If anyone is interested in finding out more about what they do or would like to become actively involved in improving their community on a regular basis contact 07412800582.