Pupils tackle a mountain of mess

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Pupils from Chapel of Garioch Primary School got a shock last week when they went to Bennachie for a community litter pick as part of their John Muir and Bennachie Explorer Awards.

With the help of the Aberdeenshire Council Garioch Area Ranger and Forestry Commission Scotland staff, the pupils collected over 500pieces of litter, which included 152 abandoned bags of dog poo!

Calum Murray, from the Forestry Commission’s team in the area said, “Bennachie is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year and it’s a real shame that some people leave more than footprints behind.

“The pupils were really keen to help make a difference and clean up the woods and also to set a good example to those grown-ups who make the mess. They did a great job on the litter pick and used a biodegradable spray to mark any dog poo they found so the adults could deal with it.

“They got a real shock at how irresponsible some people can be but it was really encouraging to see how much they wanted to clean up their local environment for everyone’s benefit – and teach the grown-ups a lesson.

“We hope that everyone’s efforts on the day will be appreciated and that only footprints will be left in future.”

The children also created posters to raise awareness of dog related issues.