Volunteers provide a real pick-me-up

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Members of the St Vigeans clean up network met on Monday evening (April 11) to clear discarded rubbish from the scenic local area.

Volunteers included the minister of St Vigeans Church, the reverend Dr Nelu Balaj, and George Park who organised the clean up of Keptie Pond. After doing a superb job, filling several bin bags of rubbish, it was back to the village hall for refreshments.

The man behind the network, and organiser of the event, is local St Vigeans resident Ralph Coutts. He told the Herald: “I’d just like to say it was a great turnout, with over 20 people helping out. I’m so proud of everyone who turned up for our first litter pick. Thanks must also go to everyone from the church for their hospitality - supplying tea, coffee and biscuits and thanks to George Park for his fantastic soup.”

Having started the group through frustration over a perceived lack of effort at the beauty spot, Ralph explained that the network “still has a lot to do”.

He said: “We want to work with the council to achieve our goals for St Vigeans. We are not just a litter group, we need funding as we’re looking to do wildlife surveys, put up bird boxes and increase the quality of the habitat for the many species found on the Brothock burn. I have already gathered together some amazing people in this field. Anyone who is interested in helping us to improve the area can follow us on Facebook at the ‘St Vigeans clean up Network’ page.”

That page has been filling up with positive comments about the event, with Ewan Spoony Smith saying “well done for organising this, Ralph. Superb turnout.

My daughter’s already asking when the next one is” and Karren Cuthill adding “fantastic - well done, everyone”.