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Sea school unveils anti-litter drive

By Alan Beresford

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CULLEN Sea School, run by charity Three Harbours Association, is inviting volunteers to come forward to be a part of the Marine Conservation Society Great British Beach Clean event on September 20.

Cullen Sea School are calling on volunteers to step forward to help with their forthcoming litter picks.
Cullen Sea School are calling on volunteers to step forward to help with their forthcoming litter picks.

Held every September, thousands of people take to the beach all over the UK to take part in the Great British Beach Clean. The Great British Beach Clean is a week-long citizen science event, where hundreds of beach cleans take place up and down the UK. Litter data collected drives their conservation work and also feeds into the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC).

One of the charitable aims of the Three Harbours Association is to advance environmental protection and awareness, and to achieve this aim, The Three Harbours Association will be hosting a monthly beach clean/coast path litter pick to tackle a different area of the coastline between the three harbours of Cullen, Findochty and Portknockie.

Following a successful coast path litter pick between Cullen Sea School and the Salmon Bothy at Cullen on August 26, dates have now been announced for monthly events until the end of the year and the public are invited to register now.

The first one is on Monday, September 20 meeting at 5.30pm at the steps by Cullen Beach toilets. Registration must be made via the Great British Beach Clean website.

Following this, further litter picks will take place on Monday, October 25 (meeting at the McBoyle Hall, Portknockie at 5pm), Saturday, November 27 (Hillhead cemetery car park, 9am) and Saturday, December 11, again at 9am at Hillhead cemetery.

Registration for the October, November and December dates is via the Cullen Sea School website www.cullenseaschool.co.uk

The beach cleans and coast path litter picks are free of charge to attend and are pre-register only. There is a maximum of 20 people per session and all current Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance and have undertaken a risk assessment for the event.

Volunteers are recommend to pack a rucksack with a few essentials like sunscreen, waterproofs, hand sanitiser and perhaps some snacks and a drink.

A strong pair of gloves is recommended, as are sturdy shoes.

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