This Sunday, September 17, volunteers will be heading down to the Cleethorpes shoreline to clear litter from the beach.
The event, which is part of the national Big Beach Clean Up, is being run by Cleethorpes BeachCare group and co-hosted by Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshrie (VANEL). BeachCare is a partnership by Anglian Water and Keep Britain Tidy, and encourages people to adopt and look after part of their local shoreline.
Fiona McKenna, the Lincolnshire BeachCare Programme Officer said: “While litter and dog fouling are the most obvious problems affecting the quality of our shorelines and beaches, groups will also be able to help in other ways. Volunteers can learn how to help protect the wonderful coastal wildlife and habitats and gain knowledge they can then share with others in the community.
Last year in only two hours a whopping 60kg of mixed litter and 9kg of bagged dog poo was collected from a small area of the beach.
Adam Worley, Anglian Water’s Coastal Catchment Manager for Lincolnshire said:
“Coastal water quality and the cleanliness of our beaches is close to all of our hearts. Lincolnshire has some of the best bathing water quality in the country, with all seven of them achieving a ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ standard and we want to help keep these beaches in tip-top shape.
Dropping litter, not cleaning up after dogs, even what people put down sinks and toilets, have a huge cumulative impact on our local environment. Sewer and drain blockages not only cause bad smells but may overflow in to our watercourses and affect our beaches.”
Fiona added: “We are delighted to be working collaboratively to help the community in Cleethorpes keep their beach clean and understand how our actions can impact on our environment. Coastal communities in particular can be affected by these first-hand, which is why we hope they will want to join us in making BeachCare a success in Cleethorpes for the second year running.
“We know that programmes like BeachCare make a big difference in the fight against marine litter.”
The clean-up starts at the Thorpe Park car park, at 10.00am. Anyone who is interest in coming along to the event should contact Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up on the day. Further details are also available on the event’s Facebook page.