We’ve partnered with Crosby Leisure Centre and launched the third two minute beach clean board on the Sefton coast this week, with others being hosted at Ainsdale and Formby beach.
The boards are a concept designed and built in Cornwall but thanks to the LOVEmyBEACH campaign there are now 10 boards stationed across the North West coast.
The simple A-frame structure hosts several litter pickers, bin bags and instructions on how to safely get involved. They’re designed to encourage anyone and everyone to participate in keeping the beach clean, even for just two minutes.
Lee Carnwell, General Manager at Crosby Leisure Centre said, “When we were approached to be a host for a Two Minute Beach Clean Board we were more than happy to support the scheme. Keeping the beach clean and improving environmental awareness in Crosby is really important to us. We have recently done a lot of work to remove and reduce single use plastics in our Cafe Vita. Our centre is used by a lot of beach users for refreshments and toilets so having the board located here acts as a reminder that we can all help to keep the beach clean.”
The beach at Crosby benefits from cleansing activities from Sefton Council but in the past 2 years ago support has been received by volunteer group Friends of Crosby Beach. Established by local residents Val Talbot and Barbara Ramsbottom, the group, who run a monthly beach clean, started with 7-12 volunteers, however popularity and interest has grown resulting in up to 100 people coming along each month to help clean the beach.
Barbara commented, “The support from everyone who volunteers is fantastic! It shows that there is a real demand from local residents to improve the beach environment. I have no doubt that the Two Minute Beach Clean Board at Crosby Leisure Centre will be really popular and help us clear up the plastic pollution in our ocean.”
Stephanie Wyatt, LOVEmyBEACH Campaign Manager added: “The North West beaches and seas are the cleanest they’ve been in over 20 years and the boards, and the people who use them, will contribute to maintaining these standards.
Get involved and inspire others to get involved by posting a photo on social media and using #2minutebeachclean and #lovemybeach