Beach clean helpers are joined by Mayor

The Northumberland Coast Care project welcomed 22 volunteers to Pier Beach to take part in the Great British Beach Clean.

Friday, 29th September 2017, 12:18 pm
Updated Friday, 29th September 2017, 16:15 pm
Coast Care Coordinator Tim Morton, Mayor Gregah Roughead, Councillor Lesley Stephenson, and Berwick residents Charles and Jane Borthwick.

Everyone played their part to clear nearly 50kg of rubbish.

“We were really pleased to see so many volunteers turn up at our beach clean,” said Coast Care co-ordinator Tim Morton.

“Everyone got stuck in, kept smiling and made a real difference to the cleanliness of the beach, and we were delighted to welcome Mayor Gregah Roughead and Coun Lesley Stephenson who really supported our work.

“We collected huge amounts of plastic from the beach, along with lots of textiles, cans and bottles, much of which could be avoided. I’d urge everyone to recycle and dispose of their rubbish appropriately, and contact us if you find large amounts of litter on your beach.

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“The day was a positive one however, and I hope it will provide an impetus for more volunteering opportunities and activities in Berwick.”

The Coast Care surveys will feed into data being gathered by the Marine Conservation Society from beaches all around the UK, and will provide valuable information about the waste and litter in the natural environment.

Beach cleans were also held in Bamburgh, Beadnell and Alnmouth.

Coast Care is a new volunteering project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It will recruit people to protect and conserve the environment of the Northumberland Coast. Activities will include conservation, wildlife surveys, site protection, photography and guided walks, and more information and details can be found on the website www.coast-care.co.uk