Take Four

By Jane Cruickshank / September 23, 2020

From Turning the Plastic Tide –

‘Take 4 for the Shore’ to help keep our beautiful Aberdeenshire coastline in pristine condition

Visitors to some of the most beautiful North-east beaches are being encouraged to do their bit to keep our stunning sands in pristine condition.

‘Take 4 for the Shore’ is a new initiative jointly hosted by Turning the Plastic Tide, the marine litter campaign for East Grampian Coastal Partnership, and the National Nature Reserves at Forvie and St Cyrus.

Four additional popular visitor beaches at Fraserburgh, Balmedie, Stonehaven and East Haven in Angus were selected to be provided with special new beach clean kit boxes.

Each box contains items such as litter pickers, bin bags and safety gloves with the aim of encouraging locals and visitors to help keep beaches litter free by collecting at least four items, doing so safely while using the correct equipment.

The initiative has been launched with the assistance of local businesses and volunteers who will help manage the beach boxes.

Business and charitable groups currently supporting the initiative are the Beach Café, Fraserburgh; the Sand Bothy, Balmedie; Molly’s Café, Stonehaven and the Heritage Centre (East Haven Together), East Haven.

The project has also been working closely with Aberdeenshire Council’s community waste officers to assist with the disposal of additional waste recovered from the marine environment.

Photo: Photo L-R: Mairi Gougeon MSP; Cllr Sarah Dickinson; Cllr Brian Topping; Crawford Paris, Turning the Plastic Tide; Janice Langdon, owner of Molly’s Café.