That’s the Way to Do It!
Think Global, Act Local. That’s exactly what 752 brilliant beach clean volunteers did over the weekend of the 27 & 28 April for the Annual Litter Free Coast & Sea Great Dorset Beach Clean 2019.
Now in its 30th year, the Great Dorset Beach Clean was once again hailed as a success and despite the best efforts of ‘storm Hannah’, 752 volunteers gave up their time to make a difference to our coasts, retrieving 214 bags of rubbish from Friars Cliff to Lyme Regis.
The volunteers found a huge range of rubbish from crab and lobster pots; metal, wood, clothes, marine rope, bio beads, ‘nurdles’, cans, glass bottles, plastic packaging, old fishing gear, deck chairs, cigarette butts, plastic bottles…although not as many as last year, and the big nasties…wet wipes!
Litter Free Coast & Sea Coordinator Gwen Hawkins said, “We’d like to give a huge vote of thanks to all the organisations who agreed to host a clean this weekend and, most importantly, to the hundreds of volunteers who gave up their time to help clean up Dorset’s beaches in time for the summer season”.
She went on to explain “beach cleans are an important way for us to understand what rubbish is being found on which beaches. In turn, this helps us to work out who we can work with to help stop more getting out there in the future- after all, if we don’t reduce the amount going into the sea, these clean ups will go on forever! We’re thrilled that Dorset’s residents are passionate about protecting their part of the coast and are willing to give up their time to make a difference.”
The clean-up was co-ordinated by the Litter Free Coast and Sea, part of the Dorset Coast Forum and we would like to say a huge thank you to all the landowners, charities and organisations who hosted a beach clean over the weekend and, most importantly, to the hundreds of volunteers who gave up their time to help clean up Dorset’s beaches.
Volunteers recorded what was found during the cleans and plastic bottles, cigarette butts and marine litter were among the most common things found. Project Assistant Caz Richards explains “it’s so easy to stop these kinds of things becoming litter on our beaches; bring a reusable bottle and refill it at one of the many Refill Dorset stations; use the bins provided or take your litter home. Every little action adds up to make a big difference.”
The Great Dorset Beach Clean will be back next year, but in the meantime, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved and ‘do your bit’. There are now several 2minute beach clean boards around the Dorset coast that allow you to do a mini litter pick while enjoying the great beaches that Dorset has to offer.
Check out the website to find out more about #2-minute beach clean stations, Refill Dorset and regular community beach clean groups.
Huge THANKS to everyone who everyone who got involved this year, and if you missed out…then come and join us next time!