Community Litter Pick

Eleanor Garty, pictured here, collected a trailer full of rubbish at the roadside on the Grantown Road from Forres end Half Davoch turn off to the Sluie car park.

Finderne locals invited to join second community-led litter pick

The worldwide climate emergency is top of mind for many, especially with the 26th United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) under way in Glasgow this month.  Finderne residents are invited to take local action to protect the environment by joining a community-wide litter pick throughout November and into December.

Our local litter problem is part of a larger troubling trend across Scotland that is wreaking havoc on marine wildlife and ocean waters around us. According to a 2020 Marine Scotland Science study, Scottish littering puts more than 1,000 tonnes of macro plastics into the sea annually, and 90 percent of this is caused by land littering. Furthermore, Zero Waste Scotland estimates half of all litter in Scotland could have been recycled.

This second community-led litter pick builds upon a spirited outpouring of volunteerism last spring. More than 50 Finderne residents picked up rubbish and recyclables from our roadsides and nature trails in April and May, accumulating more than 100 bags of litter and many bulky items for collection by Moray Council.

Nine Logie Primary School pupils participated in last spring’s litter pick as part of teacher Jane Wallace’s class. “It is important to put rubbish in the bin because it can break into tiny pieces and affect plants and animals and how they grow,” said Volcano Evans, a P6 Logie Primary School pupil last spring, reflecting on the lesson.

“The commitment and outpouring of the Finderne community in support of local wildlife and plants last spring was incredibly inspiring and heartwarming,” said Rafford resident Lisa Wolff, who is leading the community-wide effort again for the November/December clean-up.

In a follow-up survey of volunteers, 71 percent of respondents expressed interest in having bi-annual litter picks. “I am very happy to initiate litter picks every spring and autumn because of the volunteer interest and the great support we get from the Finderne Development Trust (FDT) and Moray Council,” added Lisa, who also volunteers as a board director for Moray Waste Busters and is co-owner with her husband of the Bee Home Cottage zero-waste skincare line.

The FDT and Moray Council have supported the community-led litter picks, loaning equipment such as litter grabbers, bag hoops, bin bags, gloves and other safety equipment. All litter is collected in either black bags for rubbish or clear bags for recyclables, and Lisa is coordinating pick-ups with Jim Durkin of Moray Council’s Environmental and Commercial Services.

Clean-up efforts begin the week commencing November 8th and will continue throughout November and into December. If you would like to volunteer, contact Lisa Wolff at beehomecottage@gmail.com or 07981177625.  

FDT AGM 2021

Get tickets here to join the AGM on the 9th of November on zoom.


We are delighted to announce a new project offering a programme of free, weekly, half day, excursions in a mini-bus with space for up to 12.

This is open to all members of the Finderne community, and could be your chance to get out and about and visit places such as Loch of Blairs, the monthly Logie Primary Cup of Joy community café, or maybe a trip into Forres, and to meet new folk along the way.

The ‘Connecting Finderne’ project, funded by the Scottish Communities Recovery Fund, will begin at the end of October and run until the end of March next year.

If you are interested to find out more, and to be added to a mailing list to receive a copy of the weekly programme when it is finalised, please either give us a call on 01309 221026 or email hello@findernedevelopmenttrust.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Finderne Development Trust

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Finderne Development Trust (FDT) was formed in 2018 to act as the anchor organisation and key driver of the sustainable rural regeneration of the area of Finderne. Finderne is a stunningly beautiful part of Scotland and the Trust will work towards “unlocking the future” for Finderne and achieving its vision.

FDT’s vision captures Finderne’s special sense of place, its outstanding environmental and cultural qualities and its ambition to help nurture these qualities whilst at the same time helping to make it socially attractive and economically possible for people of all ages to live and make their livelihoods in the area for the long term.

This vision is encapsulated as:

 “Finderne is home to a welcoming community where people of all ages want to live, work and visit because of its outstanding environment and the quality of life it offers.”

To achieve this we will concentrate our efforts on a number of fundamental strategic themes. These include:

  • Social – developing a stronger identity for Finderne, a more balanced demographic, enhanced well-being and combatting social isolation.
  • Economic – facilitating availability of infrastructure to support local businesses and encouraging more people to establish livelihoods in Finderne’s rural industries.
  • Environment, Art & Culture – creating opportunities to access, enjoy and participate in environmental stewardship and enhancing and cultural life of Finderne.

The following set of values and principles will underpin the work FDT undertakes in pursuit of its vision:

  • Community focused
  • An emphasis on long term investment and legacy benefits
  • Sustainability
  • Supporting other groups and partners in achieving their goals through collaboration and empowerment

Finderne Development Trust (FDT) is a charity registered in Scotland, SC049191, regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)