What a fantastic response we have had to our ‘Don’t Let Go’ of balloons campaign which was initiated by the Marine Conservation Society in 2015. Cllr Julie Bell participated in her role as Angus Council’s
Habitat Champion for Marine Littering. Angus Council have supported the ‘Don’t Let Go’ campaign with a policy which bans the release of balloons and sky lanterns from Council property and also at events endorsed by the Council.
Many members of the public do not realise that releasing balloons causes incalculable damage to wildlife and the environment. Farm animals often mistake the balloons for food whilst
many birds and marine animals become entangled in them, to say nothing of the increased risk of fire across moorland, woodland and coastal grasses, especially after the recent heatwave. In some high profile events over the last year, balloons have been released
to commemorate deaths and tragic events, as well as weddings. East Haven Together used a beach clean event on 15th July to raise awareness and help people to
find more positive ways of remembering loved ones. More about alternatives to balloons can be found on the ACE web-site www.aceangus.co.uk