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'Inspirational' Taylor tackles Buckie litter head on

By Alan Beresford

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A YOUNG student at Buckie Community High School has decided to lead by example when it comes to litter.

Taylor Forbes (14) who studies in the special education department (SED) at the school, decided it was time to act rather than just complain after witnessing the state of a part of the Buckie Burn.

He said: "I was walking down the burn with Jayne [Pirie, pupil support assistant] when I saw all the litter.

"People are not taking care of the environment and if they don’t stop a lot of animals are going to choke and die. We spoke about it and I thought I could help keep the burn clean.

"I asked Mrs Aitken [PT SED Sharon Aitken] and she said as long as it was Covid safe it was fine. I had to wear my mask, gloves and use a litter picker."

It has not been a one-off for the youngster who has also spread his wings when it comes to helping keep the local environment tidy.

"We are going to go down every week to see if I can make a difference," Taylor continued.

"On Sunday Shirley Cummings asked if I wanted to go down the beach with the [Buckie] Kindness Group and help pick up the rubbish.

"I felt good that I was able to go and help.”

Taylor and his fellow litter pickers concentrated their efforts in the area around the former Jones's Shipyard.

Over the course of two hours the team filled 15 bags with rubbish.

Mrs Aitken said: "We're very proud indeed of Taylor, he's a shining example to us all and an inspiration."

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