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Bennachie conservation group receives new equipment container donation


By Kyle Ritchie

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Conservation charity Bailies of Bennachie has received a new container from Aberdeenshire-based offshore service business OEG Offshore UK.

It comes after its previous one was damaged during storm Arwen.

The Bailies' work parties usually spend hundreds of hours on the hill doing jobs such as maintaining footpaths, improving drainage, re-building dykes and cutting back vegetation.

In the last couple of years this has been halted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the storms over the autumn and winter.

Now the Bennachie Visitor Centre and car park has re-opened and the work parties are set to resume.

However, fallen trees on the Bailies' container had caused irreparable damage making it impossible to use and the charity needed a replacement for its equipment.

Operations director at OEG Offshore David Hunter said: “We were sorry to hear of the damage to the container and wanted to help the Bailies continue their excellent work on the hill.

"I am delighted that we have been able to provide a new container and deliver it to the site so it can be put to good use right away.”

Peter Stock chairman of the Bailies of Bennachie and David Hunter OEG Offshore's operations director outside the donated container.
Peter Stock chairman of the Bailies of Bennachie and David Hunter OEG Offshore's operations director outside the donated container.

The chairman of the Bailies Peter Stock said: “The Bailies of Bennachie are grateful to OEG, a global provider of topside and subsea services to the offshore energy industry, for stepping forward and helping.

"It is great for a community charity to have this support which will enable us to get back out on the hill and help provide sustainable access for all the people who use the paths.

“The contents from the old container will be transferred to the new one over the coming weeks; in parallel with the ramp up of work party efforts on the hill to catch up on the significant backlog of work needing to be done.

“We are looking for new volunteers to join our work parties and would like to hear from anyone who is willing to spend some time maintaining the paths on Bennachie."

Anyone interested in helping out the charity can email: workparties@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk


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