Over 75 Stonehaven residents from 8 to 80+ have pledged to become Green Champions, in a day of celebration organised by The Bay Fish and Chips.
Not even poor weather could dampen spirits as The Bay Fish and Chips, Edenholme Care Home, and Arduthie Primary School celebrate sustainability in Stonehaven. Photo by: Les Black
56 Edenholme residents and 23 Arduthie Primary School pupils worked together with Calum Richardson, founder and owner of The Bay Fish and Chips, to learn all about fishing from future stocks and the importance of protecting the ocean from plastic wherever possible.
The Green Champions initiative, which is piloted by Aberdeenshire Council, is designed to equip people with the knowledge and skills to make eco-friendly choices in their everyday lives.
J&M Fraser Farms based in Burnorrachie, joined Calum at Edenholme to explain how potatoes make the journey from field to fork, before everyone rolled up their sleeves to plant seedlings in Edenholme’s very own vegetable patches, despite the adverse weather.
(Arduthie Primary School Pupils enjoy a portion of fish and chips during their sustainability day at Edenholme care home. Photo credit: Les Black)
Celebrations wrapped up with The Bay’s award-winning fish and chips, enjoyed by young and old alike. Calum Richardson commented on the day:
“Stonehaven is more than just a beautiful town – it’s a real community.
It’s wonderful to be able to bring what’s grown on our doorstep to the residents of Edenholme and the pupils of Arduthie primary school as we celebrate what locals can do to go green.
Things like growing your own potatoes or shopping for MSC-certified fish may seem like small tweaks, but everything adds up to make a difference that will hopefully be felt for generations to come.”
Both Edenholme care home and Arduthie primary school have previously worked together as part of the Green Champions programme – creating bug hotels as friendly havens for all kinds of creatures, from bumblebees to hedgehogs.
Jason Strathdee, Manager of Edenholme Care Home, said:
“What we’re doing today is an example of how the dining experience can bring people together irrespective of age and ability.
Part of Edenholme’s service vision is to be at the heart of our community and working with local school children and businesses like The Bay is making that vision a reality.”