A Great British Spring Clean on the beach!

Well, what a weekend.  The ‘Beast from the East’ and storm Emma had threatened to cancel our beach cleans but with clear roads, clear(ish) skies and low tides we decided to encourage everyone to wrap up warm and head to the shore.

And what a turn out … 26 people at St Bees on Saturday!  The sun even put in an appearance and there was plenty of chatter and treasure hunting going on alongside the shoreline rubbish searching.  As usual we found all the small stuff – plenty of sanitary products, cotton bud sticks, bottles and the ever present bits of unidentifiable plastic.  In total we collected 16 bags of rubbish which is quite a feat when most of the litter we collected could fit into the palm of your hand.

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The weather wasn’t quite as kind on Sunday in Whitehaven, but Jack and his family still came down to tackle the litter at North Shore.  Here, we mostly find fast food wrappers, cups, cardboard and paper and today was no different.  In an hour and a half we had filled 7 bin bags with Jack quickly becoming an expert at finding even the tiniest bits of litter!

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A huge thanks to volunteers who gave up their time to come down and help out.  We beach clean regularly so check out the events page for when and where we’ll be next.

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “A Great British Spring Clean on the beach!

  1. Great to see the beaches in Cumbria being cared for, sad that so much waste ends up in our seas, I remember visiting Nethertown about 4 years ago – the beach was strewn with plastic waste.
    I was born in Whitehaven and played and swam at St.Bees and Fleswick Bay as a kid – lots of wildlife in those days and fishing boats used to be loaded with freshly caught fish at Whitehaven. We would throw the rope around the pier bollards and return hope with a bag of free fish from the fisherman…long hot summer memorable days up there in West Cumbria.
    Thanks to everyone for helping to keep it healthy…great job. If I was up there I would have given a helping hand.

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  2. Great to see the beaches in Cumbria being cared for, sad that so much waste ends up in our seas, I remember visiting Nethertown about 4 years ago – the beach was strewn with plastic waste.
    I was born in Whitehaven and played and swam at St.Bees and Fleswick Bay as a kid – lots of wildlife in those days and fishing boats used to be loaded with freshly caught fish at Whitehaven. We would throw the rope around the pier bollards to help secure the fishing boats and return home with a bag of free fish from the fisherman…long hot summer memorable days up there in West Cumbria.
    Thanks to everyone for helping to keep it healthy…great job. If I was up there I would have given a helping hand.

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