We’ve been selected for Tesco Bags of Help!

We are thrilled to announce that our two minute beach boards have been selected for the Tesco Bags for Help grant! This means we are one of three projects now in the running to receive between £1,000 – £4,000.

From May, Tesco customers will be able to vote for their favourite project at stores across Fylde (details below). If we get the most votes, which we are sure we will, this means we will be able to pay for eight more beach clean boards for the Fylde Coast, which means cleaner beaches!

Voting takes place from Wednesday 1st May to Sunday 30th June, so make sure you pick up your tokens at your local store and vote for us!

The participating stores across Fylde are:

  • Blackpool Tesco Extra – FY4 4UJ
  • Tesco Express Blackpool Whitegate –  FY3 9BZ
  • Cleveleys Metro – FY5 1BS
  • Tesco Express, Ansdell Road, Blackpool – FY1 6PU
  • Tesco  Express, Lytham Road – FY1 6ET
  • Tesco Express, St Annes – FY8 3BN
  • Tesco Express, South Shore, Blackpool –  FY4 2JD
  • Tesco Express, St David Road, Blackpool  – FY8 2JU
  • Tesco Express, Central Drive Blackpool – FY1 5DY
  • Tesco Express, Bispham, Blackpool – FY2 0AF
  • Tesco Express, Marton, Blackpool – FY3 9JW
  • Tesco Express, Fleetwood – FY7 7DZ
  • Tesco Express, Poulton le Fylde – FY6 7EP
  • Tesco Express, Lytham St Annes – FY8 5EW
  • Tesco Express, Thornton Marsh – FY5 4AF
  • Tesco Express, Blackpool Westcliff Drive – FY3 7DR
  • Tesco Express, Martin Drive, Blackpool – FY4 3EU
  • Tesco Express, Lytham St Anne Road –  FY8 1SE
  • Tesco Express,Warton Lytham Road –  PR4 1AD

To find out the location of any of the above stores, please visit Tesco’s store locator.


Be a good egg this Easter!

This Easter, people across the country will be preparing a delicious roast dinner for the family. Thousands of families will also be putting on their wellies and visiting their local beach for the fresh sea air and to walk off their dinner and maybe a few Easter eggs.

Did you know that by not cleaning up after your roast dinner properly you could be damaging the water quality at your local beach?

If you pour used cooking fat, meat juices or leftover food down the sink (even with hot water and washing up liquid) the fat soon sets hard in the cold pipes. When it mixes with other unflushable items, such as wet wipes and sanitary products, it creates what is known as a ‘fatberg’.

Recent news headlines have shown just how monstrous the fatbergs beneath our feet can become. South West Water discovered a 64 metre-long fatberg in Sidmouth, Devon, while United Utilities came across an 80 metre long fatberg beneath the streets of Liverpool. And who can forget the discovery in 2017 of the Whitechapel Fatberg weighing in at 130 tonnes and measuring 250 metres in length?

Diets and lifestyles have changed dramatically since the first sewers were built in the 19th century. As fatty and fast food consumption has increased, so has the fat in our sewers. Fatbergs clog sewerage pipes and stop the waste water reaching the treatment works as intended. This means the risk of sewage spilling out into homes, streets, rivers and seas is substantially increased.

This Easter we’re asking people to be a good egg and help keep beaches and seas clean by making sure all leftover cooking fats and oils are put in the food waste recycling or bin rather than poured down the sink.

Here’s some simple steps you can follow:

  1. Scrape or pour leftover fat from roasting trays and pans into a heat resistant container then recycle or bin it once cooled
  2. Wipe out grease left in pans with kitchen roll before washing
  3. Use a sink strainer to catch any greasy food scraps


Remember only rain goes down the drain!

Have you ever seen someone pour paint or oil down the drain in the street, or maybe flick a cigarette butt through the grate?

Acts like this may seem harmless but they can have a devastating impact on our rivers and seas and can even harm wildlife.

At a time when people are looking ahead to spring and thinking about having a bit of a clear out, it’s important to recognise that the most outdoor drains lead directly to watercourses and seas, and shouldn’t be used as a means for disposing of waste liquids.

This month LOVEmyBEACH is supporting #Binit4beaches with only #RainDownTheDrain to encourage people to reuse, recycle or safely dispose of waste liquids to ensure rivers, streams and seas are protected.

The drains which are connected to your toilet or washing machine carry the dirty, waste water to treatment works where processes are applied to clean the water and release it safely back into the natural environment.

In contrast, outdoor drains are designed to carry ONLY rainwater, usually to the nearest river, stream or sea. As the water is 100% natural rainwater there is no requirement to send it with the dirty water that comes from our homes to a waste treatment works, instead it travels directly into our rivers and seas.

That’s why it’s so important that pollutants such as engine oil, cooking oil, paints and chemical wastes are never poured down the drain. Instead, take unwanted items to your household recycling centre to be disposed of safely.

Misconnected premises can also pollute rivers and seas by allowing the dirty water from household appliances to enter watercourses instead of going down the foul sewer and arriving at treatment works. Check your property is connected right by visiting www.connectright.org

Help protect the health and wellbeing of our rivers and seas and #binit4beaches #YearofGreenAction