Seaton Backies: University mounts volunteering blitz

A team of volunteers from the University of Aberdeen has spent a day blitzing a communal play area in the city's Seaton area.

Fifteen staff from across all three of the University's Colleges and administration sections took part in a full-on day of hard graft that included litter picking, heavy duty weeding, re-painting play equipment and brightening up a series of wind-break walls ready for local children to decorate with murals. 

All of the University staff involved found the activities rewarding and fun, with just the odd ache or blister at the end of the day.

The project was undertaken in collaboration with local community based initiative ‘The Seaton Backies Project’ and Aberdeen Greenspace - both can be found on Facebook.

Fraser Lovie, Sustainability and Social Responsibility Manager at the University, said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for a team from the University to support a worthwhile project in one of our immediate neighbouring communities.  The group got a real sense of satisfaction in seeing the major transformation of the site that was achieved, and from working alongside the dedicated volunteers from the Seaton Backies project."

Alister Clunas of Aberdeen Greenspace added: "We were delighted to have this opportunity to work with the University of Aberdeen.  The Seaton Backies Project has worked with all kinds of organisations including majors from the oil industry and faith groups.  The volunteers had a tiring but rewarding day and we would encourage any organisation, large or small, to think about this kind of volunteering."