St Annes North Beach Care Group collect 1 TONNE of litter in just 6 months thanks to LOVEmyBEACH volunteers
The St Annes North LOVEmyBEACH BeachCare group have collected a tonne of litter in just 6 months. Taking their total collected to an astonishing three tonnes since the group began in April 2018.
This is the equivalent of ten grey seals, 20 common dolphins or a transit van!
By Thursday 9th January 2020, the total had tipped over 3,000 kg when the group weighed the rubbish they removed from the beach, as they do after each weekly beach clean. Some 245 volunteers have worked tirelessly in St Annes to pick up litter from the beaches that otherwise would find itself in the ocean, harming the environment and wildlife.
This week was a momentous occasion as they reached the three-tonne mark, but is also a stark reminder that our behaviour has a huge impact on our beaches and seas.
Mike Hamblett, a weekly beach clean volunteer said: “I feel a combination of pride that we have achieved the three-tonne mark. But also a sense of disappointment with humankind that it was there to be removed in the first place.”
Dave Foreman, another volunteer added: “When I moved to St Annes three years ago, this stretch of beach was noticeably different. The weekly cleans have reduced the amount of litter on the beach and people now comment on how clean it looks.”
The St Annes North group of roughly eight weekly volunteers, were joined by 245 extra volunteers during 2019. The St Annes North group is unique compared to the other Fylde Coast beach clean groups, as they take out many additional groups of volunteers. During 2019, the weekly volunteers were joined by 34 corporate, school or youth groups.
These are companies, groups or schools who enquire with LOVEmyBEACH wanting to get involved and help the local environment and community. During 2019, the St Annes North volunteers were joined by groups from Natwest, Lloyds Bank, Co-Op, the Environment Agency and United Utilities amongst others.
They also welcome young people who want to take part in a beach clean and have been joined by Police Cadets, Duke of Edinburgh students, and Highfield School, who bring a class each month.
Emily Parr, Fylde’s LOVEmyBEACH Officer commented: “The St Annes North Beach Care group have removed a significant amount of litter from the beach due to the dedication of the local volunteers, who return each week. These volunteers have also welcomed 34 different groups to join their weekly beach clean. Particular thanks must go to Michael Pearson, the group leader, who makes all the arrangements.
The weekly volunteers are offering the opportunity for a much wider variety of people to take part in a beach clean and to see first-hand the negative impacts of our everyday behaviours. Not only have the volunteers physically made a significant impact, but the feedback I receive from these groups shows their beach clean experience has really resonated with them and inspired them to take further action.”
The St Annes group meet every Thursday at 10am in North Beach Car Park, St Annes and are out rain or shine. They clean the beach for two hours and new volunteers and groups are very welcome. Details of this and other beach cleans across the North West can be found here.