Get healthy on our clean beaches!

Cleaner beaches and seas means healthier and happier people.

That’s why LOVEmyBEACH has joined forces with Blackpool Council, Wyre Council, Fylde Council, Keep Britain Tidy and the Turning Tides partnership to launch the LOVEmyBEACH Active Coast programme.

The programme has been designed to inspire residents & leisure partners to see the potential of the beach as a clean and safe environment where a healthy lifestyle can be enjoyed.

The programme launched at St Annes, Blackpool Central & Fleetwood on the 11th June showcasing a selection of the activities taking place over the summer on the Fylde coast, from beach volleyball to walking football.

Director of Public Health in Blackpool, Dr Arif Rajpura added, “The beach shouldn’t just be seen as a place for visitors; it’s a clean and safe environment where a healthy lifestyle can be enjoyed year round.”

The programme has been created for all ages and abilities.

Full event listings are displayed on the LOVEmyBEACH Active Coast Facebook page, click here to be redirected.

If you would like to arrange a sports event at the beach please contact the following people:

For Fylde – Ian Brookes, Sports Officer on ian.brookes@fylde.gov.uk

For Wyre – Carol Southern, Active Lives and Community Engagement Manager on Carol.Southern@wyre.gov.uk

Reduce plastic pollution with ReFILL

Throughout 2018 Fylde BeachCare have been developing the ReFILL scheme on the Fylde coast; asking businesses to help reduce plastic pollution by offering free tap water refills to people using their own bottles.

Many people now carry their own reusable water bottles and like to stay hydrated and avoid buying bottled water however it is often difficult to top up with tap water on the go. Research shows that 70% of people would be nervous of asking for a tap water refill, so the scheme aims to overcome this by asking local businesses to display a sticker in their window with the ReFILL logo highlighting their support.

Since starting in January the number of businesses offering ReFILL on the Fylde coast has now grown to 70, with large chains such as Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Wetherspoons signing up nationally and many independent cafes and shops following suit. It’s not only cafes and restaurants that can join the scheme, Boots Opticians in Cleveleys and Blackpool have both registered as have Blackpool and Fylde Tourist Information Centres.

The ReFILL scheme has received support from the Blackpool Gazette and also the BeachCare volunteers who have been approaching businesses and asking for them to put a sticker in their window.

However, we need help to sign up even more businesses!

Do you own or work for a local business?

Do you know someone who does?

Would you like to volunteer some time to talk to businesses about ReFILL?

Please get in touch with Emma here for more information.

Cleaner beaches thanks to Emma!

LOVEmyBEACH Fylde coast officer, Emma Whitlock, has had another fantastic year working with volunteer groups, school children and local businesses to clean beaches on the Flyde coast; empowering communities to improve their bathing waters and beaches.

Here’s a snapshot of what Emma has been involved with:

  • 11 beach clean groups, up from 9 last year
  • 327 beach clean events compared to 279 last year
  • 602 new volunteers attending beach clean events compared to 592 last year
  • 8 beach cleans with 234 United Utilities staff and
  • 3 beach cleans with 48 Environment Agency staff
  • 10,220 volunteer hours given to cleaning beaches compared to 8,890 last year
  • 7,670 bags of litter removed from beaches and estuaries, compared to 6,500 last year

We’d like to thank Emma for all of her hard work this year as well as all of the thousands of people who make LOVEmyBEACH what it is.

Please take 5 minutes to read through some of the achievements from 2017/18 in the report below:

Fylde BeachCare End of Year Report 2018