28 JANUARY 2015NEWS RELEASE No: 16463
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Forestry Commission Scotland staff have slammed Aberdeenshire litter louts after clearing up a van load of rubbish at two local woodlands.
The Commission’s team is unhappy that they have had to spend the best part of a day collecting roadside litter from Countesswells and Foggieton woods rather than building paths and planting trees.
CRT (Communities Recreation and Tourism) Forester, Dan Cadle, said;
“We should be out doing more important work that helps to maintain these woodlands and ensure that visitors get the best out of their visit.
“Instead our guys collected a truck load of rubbish from just a 2km stretch of Kirk Brae and Baillieswells roads in Aberdeen – all of it litter thrown out of people’s cars on the public roads.
“It is very inconsiderate and really disappointing to see people not respecting the countryside – or other people’s right to enjoy a litter free environment.
“We would advise everyone to act responsibly and take your litter home or dispose of it appropriately. And it would be a great help of if anyone seeing litter being thrown from a car could report the vehicles registration to police Scotland, Aberdeen City Council’s Waste Management Team or call the Dumb Dumpers hotline on 0845 2304090.”
Anyone caught throwing items from a vehicle can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Ticket of £80 or if convicted by a Court of Law to a fine not exceeding £2,500.
Countesswells and Foggieton are important recreational woods in Aberdeen - between Cults and Kingswells.
Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590