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Be My Beach Valentine

Please take our pledge LOVE YOUR DRAINS pledge this Valentines to help protect the North West’s beaches and seas.

Click here to make your pledge.

Small, simple changes such as not flushing wet wipes down the toilet or by putting used cooking fat in the bin rather than down the sink dramatically reduce the risk of sewage (and all the nasty unflushable items which we incorrectly mix in with it) leaking into the sea.

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Fylde Litter Relay

Join us for the annual Great British Spring Clean event with Keep Britain Tidy.

This year we are organising a litter pick with a difference!

Fylde BeachCare officer Emma will be running a beach clean relay along the Fylde coast, covering 10 miles in one day as we pass the baton of litter pickers and bags onto different volunteers for every mile of the route.

Starting at St Annes pier at 9am on Tuesday 27th February the relay teams will hug the coast as they walk northwards through Blackpool and up to Cleveleys, ending at Rossall Beach near Rossall School at approximately 4.30pm.

We need lots of litter hero volunteers to help make this exciting event a success – so if you’re interested in being part of it please contact Emma on Emma.Whitlock@keepbritaintidy.org or 07918054600 so that we can arrange a suitable relay handover spot.

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Help in 2018

Have you decided on your 2018 New Years resolution yet? If not, here are a few suggestions which you could adopt to help LOVEmyBEACH.

1. If you want to get fit and make friends…join us on a beach clean and help tackle plastic pollution!

There are over 30 beach clean volunteer groups across the North West coast and up to nine beach cleaning events taking place each week.

Make friends, breathe in the fresh air, increase your steps for the day and make a noticeable difference to the beach environment.

Everyone is welcome!

As one of our volunteers said, “It’s good exercise and a pleasant way to make new friends whilst achieving something useful.”

Click here for full event listings and how to get in touch with the coordinators should you have any questions.

2. If you want to eat healthier…cut back on your use of cooking oils or opt for a low-fat spray option such as Frylight.

Fats and grease act the same way in your arteries as they do in the sewage system; clogging up vital assets and reducing flow.

Keep your body healthy and the sewers flowing by making this easy switch. By not pouring harmful fats down the sink you are reducing the risk of drains becoming blocked and sewage overflowing to our rivers and seas.

For some lighter, fat free recipes (courtesy of United Utilities) please visit this link.

3. If you can make a small change from home…take our pledge and promise to LOVE YOUR DRAINS in 2018; protecting the North West’s clean beaches and seas.

Can you help us hit our target of 100 sign up’s? Please share the link with your friends and family.

4. If you want to reduce single use plastics…make small changes towards plastic-free living.

Disposable, single use plastics will be as hard to avoid in 2018 as they were in 2017! It’s estimated that there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050 therefore every step taken towards reducing plastics is a step in the right direction. Why not start your journey today?

Here are a few suggestions on how you can start to reduce your plastic usage, click here for more information or share your ideas on social media using #lovemybeach.

5. If you want to recycle more…start with your Christmas Tree!

Contact your local authority today for guidance on whether they provide a Christmas tree collection service, if not take it to the Green Waste section at the tip or even compost it at home.

If you live on the Fylde coast or in Formby why not donate your Christmas tree to help a sand dune restoration project? Just be sure to remove all decorations first!

St Annes

Christmas trees can be donated to the St Annes Sand Dunes project between the 5th and 15th January and the drop off locations can be found on the Fylde Council website.

For three days from the 6th to the 8th February the Annual Christmas Tree Planting Event will be taking place, where the donated trees will be partially buried by volunteers and the Fylde Sand Dunes Project team out in the dunes. The branches of the recycled Christmas trees trap sand as it’s blown ashore, which accumulates and helps to build up the sand dunes naturally! The team are looking for volunteers so if you’d like to help at the event please  visit their Facebook page.

Formby

Christmas trees can be dropped off at the National Trust car park on Victoria Road any day between 4th and 22nd of January between 9am and 3.30pm. Trees up to about 5ft are the best height for the fences at Formby. Click here for more information.

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