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Beach Clean Up
Beach Clean Up
Help clean up the beach in Aberdeen and then enjoy a free BBQ and M&S Vouchers
There are some bonnie beaches throughout Aberdeenshire. With your help they can look much tidier and safer. Not just for your enjoyment but by clearing debris, rubbish and litter you can make them much safer for local wildlife and birds.
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The Aberdeen Beach
2014 beach clean up takes place on Friday TBA April. Individuals, businesses, schools, universities and local youth groups are all invited to take part. As an added incentive all those who take part will be rewarded with a BBQ and an M&S gift voucher of Â£5 off a Â£30 spend in their food hall.
The Lord Provost, George Adam, will be taking part and said:
ï¿½I am looking forward to putting on my wellies to join the other volunteers to take part in this Marks and Spencer UK wide initiative. If we all do ï¿½our bitï¿½ we will not only help the environment and marine life we will ensure residents and visitors will continue to enjoy the golden sands of the ï¿½Silver Cityï¿½ for many years to come.ï¿½
This beach watch clean up forms a week of events taking place across 113 locations in the UK from 22nd and 28th April.
Amy Jackson, commercial manager for Marks and Spencerï¿½s two stores in Union Square and on Nicholas Street, said:
ï¿½This is a great way for customers and M&S colleagues to volunteer, help their local community and protect local marine life. With the weather slowly improving, it is also a great excuse to get outdoors and have some fun! Whatï¿½s more is that all volunteers are helping the environment; their community and those that register through the Marine Conservation Societyï¿½s website in advance get a ï¿½5 money-off voucher.ï¿½
Big Beach Clean Up
This big beach clean up is being run with the support of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and the Canal & River Trust (CRT). It is estimated that about 8,000 people will get involved and remove 15 tonnes of litter. You can register for the event at
In addition you can complete the annual litter survey and jelly fish survey to help their statistics.
Much of the debris collected will be items such as fishing nets, ropes and bottles tops. According to the MCS there are two pieces of litter on every metre of our coastline, most of it plastic. The harmful impacts of plastic on the UKï¿½s marine life are becoming ever more apparent and the MCS is concerned that plastic pieces are found in the digestive systems of fish including Whiting, John Dory and Gurnard.
Clean Up Beaches
Odd items found last year by clean up beaches volunteers included a set of false teeth, half a sofa in Edinburgh, a cabinet near Liverpool, a ten-pin bowling ball in Deal, a carpet in Clacton and a pink thong at Shoreham.
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Last year over 6,000 people (4,000 M&S employees and 2,000 M&S customers) volunteered and collected 3,200 bin bags full of litter after tidying over 100km, which also included canals. The bags weighed in at over 11.5 tonnes. This included 12,800 wrappers and 2,850 tin cans.
Since M&S introduced a 5p charge for carrier bags five years ago they have donated these profits to their Forever Fish campaign. This reduced carrier bag use by 78 per cent and raised over ï¿½4 million for charity. Find out more at
www.marksandspencer.com/plana and follow the event on twitter @marksandspencer