Clean up with Tim Farron

LOVEmyBEACH is working with Tim Farron, MP for the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency, to arrange a number of beach cleaning events in the upcoming months; removing plastic pollution at the source and learning more about how to reducing plastic reaching the beach by changing habits at home.

There are three beach cleaning events planned so far on the following dates:

  • Saturday 24th March from 10am at Grange-over-Sands
  • Saturday 28th April from 10am at Milnthorpe
  • Saturday 26th May from 10am at Arnside

Volunteers, young and old are encouraged to come forward and help remove litter from the beach for an hour or two one Saturday morning. Children under 18 are very much welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Tim adds “Alongside the Lakes and the Dales, South Lakeland has a stunning coastline. But it’s also where most of the plastic waste from our oceans washes up. It’s important that as a community we fight to keep our beaches clean while at the same time reduce the amount of plastic we use.”


If you can make it please wear stout footwear (i.e. not sandals or pumps) and bring heavy duty work or gardening gloves if you have them. Litter pickers, bags and hoops will be provided but are limited in numbers.

Booking for the event is not required; simply meet at 10am at the LOVEmyBEACH gazebo to collect your equipment and for a short health and safety briefing.

tim farron on beach

Thank you Merlin Entertainments!

LOVEmyBEACH is excited to announce that Merlin Entertainments in Blackpool are now LOVEmyBEACH business supporters; helping promote how small actions can have a big effect on the quality of our beaches and seas.

The Merlin Cluster, which is made up of the Blackpool Tower, Sea Life Centre, The Ballroom and more, have pledged to support the ‘3Ps’ initiative in all of the venues toilet facilities helping to avoid environmentally-damaging items ending up in marine waters or washed up on the beach.

Items, such as wet wipes, sanitary products, cleansing pads and cotton buds can end up in the sea after being wrongly flushed down the loo.  This damages marine life, pollutes the ocean and litters the beach.

The campaign is promoted through materials displayed in the toilet facilities which asks the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the attractions to only flush the 3P’s (pee, poo and paper!) down the toilet.

The partnership was launched in the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom with staff from Merlin Entertainments’ Blackpool cluster attractions pledging to take beach-friendly actions. The staff pledged not only to support the 3P’s initiative but also to bin used cooking oil rather than pouring it down the sink when at home and to reduce their use of single-use plastics like water bottles and coffee cups.

Kate Shane, Head of Merlin Entertainments’ Blackpool Cluster, said: “This is an incredibly important campaign.  When people flush the wrong things down the toilet it significantly increases the risk of sewage leaking into the sea which can cause problems for wildlife and also make people ill if they are swimming or paddling.”

“Our teams have been fantastic in backing the campaign and we’ve had loads of voluntary pledges at the launch event too.  We hope this will encourage lots of other people to join the campaign to protect our beaches and oceans.”

Emma Whitlock, Fylde BeachCare officer at LOVEmyBEACH, added: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Merlin Entertainments in Blackpool.  This will help us to reach an enormous audience to encourage them to support the 3Ps campaign.

“It’s a hugely important initiative.  Blue Planet II highlighted to everyone how damaging pollution is to our beaches and oceans. We see it first hand when we are working with volunteer groups on beach cleans.”


Litter Relay Success

As part of Keep Britain Tidy’s nationwide annual Great British Spring Clean, LOVEmyBEACH organised a 10-mile beach clean relay across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre on Tuesday 27th February to help clear the coastline of litter.

Starting at a snow covered St Anne’s beach ten relay teams each walked approximately 1 mile of the coast collecting litter in a variety of weather conditions. Fortunately, as the teams walked northwards through Blackpool and up to Cleveleys the snow cleared and the sun shone brightly.

Over 75 adults and 20 children took part in the event and together cleared over 100kg of litter from the Fylde coast.

Those involved included current LOVEmyBEACH volunteers, staff from the Sea Life Centre, Madame Tussauds, Blackpool Tower, C2V construction, BIU, Lytham Sixth Form, year 5 students from Rossall School and members of the general public.

Bispham resident Les Pilkington attended his first beach clean as part of the event and added;

“I really enjoyed the afternoon; it’s been great to give something back to the local community. Everyone who lives in the area wants the beach to be clean so I thought why not do something about it? I’m planning to help out again and support one of the regular LOVEmyBEACH volunteer groups.”

Thank you to all those who took part and assisted on the day.

Fylde litter relay 27.2.18 merlin