On Saturday 21st April, volunteers gathered on beaches across the county, equipped with bin bags and litter pickers for the Great Dorset Beach Clean, a campaign lead by Litter Free Coast and Sea. I organised the participation for my local beach in Swanage, which saw a brilliant turnout of 30 volunteers who came to join the event!
This annual event is in its 29th year running and aims to clean up our local beaches, to create a safer environment for both people and wildlife to enjoy. It is hoped that this weekend’s efforts will also raise awareness of the problem and encourage litter responsibility in the future.
A massive amount of the litter collected today, had in fact been left on the beach rather than brought in by the sea. This is a real shame, with no excuse! If you can bring food and drink with you to the beach, then you can take it back home with you too. That said, it’s been so refreshing to see such great community spirit in Swanage this weekend.
The more we talk about marine pollution, the better. With massive companies now following the trend for paper straws and a proposed government ban on plastic ones, we know this method works. So I want to say a massive thank-you to everyone who helped out this weekend, but also to everyone raising awareness of this very important issue.