Civic Pride out on the march

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MEMBERS of Ellon Civic Pride gathered on Saturday for their first Litter Pick Up of the new year, with a pledge to keep Ellon beautiful.

The group of twelve volunteers assembled at Haldanes for a sweep which covered the riverbank and wooded areas, collecting a total of 35 bags of rubbish from the area.

Organiser Aileen Taylor told the Times: “Sadly there are a number of litter hot spots in the town with the riverbank walks, the areas on either sides of the Meiklemill footbridge and Caroline’s Wells wood as well as certain parts of the town centre being worst affected. Nevertheless our volunteers willingly set about the task, and the efforts certainly make for a tidier and more pleasant looking environment. As well as litter-picks the group provide hanging baskets and other floral displays throughout the town centre with a ‘bowser brigade’ at the ready to water the flowers throughout summer months.”

She added that they were looking forward to seeing the results of last year’s planting, and that the group would be looking to complete a project commenced last year at an area near the old Ythan Bridge.

“Since 2008 over 28,500 crocus and daffodil bulbs have been planted,” said Aileen. “The efforts of clearing the rockery on South Road near Craighall Crescent and the subsequent planting should also afford a more eye catching display in what was an overgrown and neglected area. We are grateful for the support of the local Traders Association in sponsoring hanging baskets; Aberdeenshire Council in providing plants and the Formartine Partnership in helping to finance projects.”