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Campaign will focus on keeping Bennachie free from litter


By Kyle Ritchie

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A new campaign has been launched to tackle rubbish being left at Bennachie.

The conservation charity, the Bailies of Bennachie, is bolstering its efforts to combat the issue.

The past year has seen a greater number of people visiting the hill, but that has brought with it more litter with discarded glass bottles, tin cans, plastics, paper and dog waste commonly found lying around.

Bailies trustee Alex Doig is spearheading the campaign for the charity.

He said: “Bennachie has experienced greater numbers of people visiting the hill during the last year.

"It is great to see that more visitors are enjoying this beautiful space but sadly it has also led to more rubbish being scattered beside and on the paths.

"Discarded glass bottles, tin cans, plastics, paper and dog waste is commonly found lying around.

A new campaign has been launched to tackle the issue of litter at Bennachie.
A new campaign has been launched to tackle the issue of litter at Bennachie.

"This is an increasing threat to wildlife and a significant source of frustration for those who are behaving responsibly and expect a clean and safe environment to enjoy during their visit.

“Visitor numbers and pressure are anticipated to rise further once current travel restrictions are lifted, so this is a critical time to re-focus our efforts on reducing the trend.

"We intend to work with local authorities, Bennachie Visitor Centre, Keep Scotland Beautiful charity, Visit Scotland, local schools and the public over the next few weeks on several initiatives, designed to raise awareness and help clear up the hillside.

“Most people do behave responsibly. We hope that this campaign will gather support, attract attention and raise awareness of the problem for those who sometimes don’t, hopefully persuading them to take their litter home instead of leaving it in the countryside.”

The conservation charity will be announcing its campaign initiatives and how people can get involved over the next few weeks.


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