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10 stand-out Aberdeenshire events to help celebrate Climate Week North East's 10th anniversary

By David Porter

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Climate Week North East (CWNE) was started by Aberdeen Climate Action in 2014 and is now organised by NESCAN Hub.

Originally designed to raise awareness of climate change, but more importantly, shows us what we can all do to make a difference and reduce our carbon footprint, live sustainable and increase biodiversity in a fun way, it has encouraged a diverse range of community events from potato sharing to recycled artwork challenges.

With a host of events taking place from Hopeman in Moray down to Laurencekirk in the Mearns, now is your chance to get involved and we have selected 10 stand out events for Grampian Online readers.

MACDUFF- Macduff Marine Aquarium. Discover the Blue Carbon Trail at Macduff Marine Aquarium from March 15 daily from 11am - 4pm for the duration of CWNE. Come along to the aquarium to discover what Blue Carbon is, how climate change is affecting our oceans and what you can do to help. Normal entry prices apply.

UDNY - Udny Climate Action - Create From Waste – Kids Reuse Competition takes place at The Medan Centre, Quarry Room. Udny Climate Action challenges you to be creative and make something new with waste material. Reuse and repurpose. All competition entries to be submitted by Friday, March 15 drop off entries at The Medan Centre. Entries will be judged by three local artists and winners will be announced and prizes given out at Open Doors, 3.30pm, the Quarry Room, The Medan Centre on Tuesday 19.

KINTORE - Gauchhill, Saturday 16, 11am -2pm. Aberdeenshire Council are continuing to replace the trees blown down by the devastating storms, Arwen, Malik and Corrie. Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service will be helping people to plant native trees at Gauchhill Wood in Kintore to enhance the biodiversity of the area. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy footwear also bring along a packed lunch/snack. All materials and equipment will be supplied by the Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service

BALMEDIE - Saturday 16, 2pm 4pm Join the EGCP and the Sand Bothy team to clean-up Balmedie Beach. Meeting near the Sand Bothy. What3Words: exhaling.free.issues Safety briefing and equipment handout will start at 2pm. Beach cleaning equipment will be provided including gloves, bags, pickers, sharps box and sanitizer.

NEW PITSLIGO - Sunday 17, 11am - 12.30pm, join Doug Gooday Aberdeenshire Council Ranger and Dawn James RSPB Community Engagement Officer on a gentle guided walk on the footpath across Middlemuir to learn about the vital role of peatlands in addressing climate change and supporting biodiversity. Explore the ecological and cultural significance of this unique and important area of Aberdeenshire.

How to Book: Email dawn.james@rspb.org.uk.

MONYMUSK - Monday 18, Post Office 10am - noon. Drop in for coffee and find out how Huntly Swift Group – NES Swifts is working with the Monymusk community to help conserve its Common Swift population. Find out how you can be a part of this conservation mission in and around Monymusk. This event will also take place in Inverurie and Huntly.

Huntly Swift Group are taking part in several talks during CWNE.
Huntly Swift Group are taking part in several talks during CWNE.

INVERURIE - Wednesday 20, 10am - 2pm, Garioch Sports Centre - Love to Ride provide a behaviour change programme to encourage more people to switch cars for handlebars Come along and try an e-bike, go on a led ride with The Aberdeenshire Bothy, log a ride to win prizes with Love to Ride, get your bike fixed with Dr Bike and gain lots of local information about Cycling in your area. This is a great chance to build confidence, get advice and jump back in the saddle for some outdoor fun. How to Book: For led rides and Dr Bike please email - aberdeenshirebothy@cyclinguk.org

LAURENCEKIRK - Thursday 21, Climate Positive Farming Taster Day at Glensaugh, Laurencekirk, AB30 1HB, 2pm - 4pm. Join the Team behind the Climate-Positive Farming Initiative at Glensaugh for a Farm Walk and indoor displays to learn more about our research actions to address the climate and biodiversity crises with transformative farming. The guided farm walk will last approximately 90min and is followed by an indoor display with coffee and tea, during which the James Hutton Institute team will discuss specific projects and answer your questions.

The farm walk is family friendly, however the route is not accessible for wheeled transport users – such as pushchairs, wheelchairs, motorised scooters.

BANCHORY - The Barn, Banchory from 10am, Thursday 21. Experience film screenings, interactive elements, and engaging Q&As. Co-selected films explore climate and place themes, reflecting the Barn’s The Far Orchard network’s commitment to addressing the climate crisis through creative engagement.

ABERDEEN - Saturday 23, Potato Day 2024. Bonnymuir Green, Bonnymuir Place, Aberdeen 10.30am - 1.30pm. Bonnymuir Green are holding the annual Potato Day with One Seed Forward. This is your chance to get your hands on some FREE seed potatoes to grow your very own and learn all about tattie growing.

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