Port authority helps Bell’s Brae tree planting project

From back left to right: Bell's Brae eco committee teacher Sophie Thouless, Lerwick Port Authority HSEQ assistant Amy Inkster and Stuart Wadley, Shetland Amenity Trust woodlands foreman Paul Goddard with Bell's Brae P2-P7 school pupils. Photo: John Coutts

PUPILS from Bell’s Brae Primary School in Lerwick undertook a tree planting project on Friday as part of efforts to look after the environment.

Twenty of the trees were donated by Lerwick Port Authority as it tries to offset its annual paper usage.

Twelve children from P2-P7 were involved in planting the trees with assistance from Shetland Amenity Trust, while they have also organised an anti-litter poster campaign and planted seeds.


Eco committee teacher Sophie Thouless said “The pupils involved with the eco committee are all very passionate about the environment and are excited about creating a new habitat to encourage birds and insects which they can watch growing a bit more each year.”

Stuart Wadley, Lerwick Port Authority’s HSEQ Manager, added: “We are always looking for ways to make our operations more environmentally friendly and this initiative also gives us the opportunity to support the school pupils to achieve their own environmental improvements.”

Port authority controller John McMeechan, meanwhile, has been congratulated after working at the organisation for 25 years.

He is part of the team which works shifts to cover the 24-hour port operation and he has contributed to the development of a record keeping system of vessels using the port.

Left to right: LPA chairman Ronnie Gair, John McMeechan and Capt. Calum Grains, deputy chief executive and harbourmaster. Photo: John Coutts