Chance to help with clean-up of beach

Volunteers from the Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group
Volunteers from the Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group

Environmentally-friendly folk who enjoy beach cleans have a chance to do just that in Cleveleys this Sunday.

The Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group is asking for help with an event being staged as part of national initiative, the Great British Beach Clean.

This is an opportunity for people who can’t attend our regular Monday clean-ups to come along and take part

Members of the group are meeting up at the car park on the far north side of Cleveleys promenade, where the road ends and becomes a coastal path near to Rossall School.

The session begins at 1pm.

These volunteers meet up once a month to clean the shingle beach between the end of the new sea defences and Rossall School, but once a year they host a Sunday clean-up as part of the big event organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

Jane Littlewood, chairman of the Rossall beach group, said: “it’s great to take part in this event which we’ve been hosting for several years now.

“This is an opportunity for people who can’t attend our regular Monday clean-ups to come along and take part, and it’s also a chance for us to show what we do to beach users and visitors at the weekend.”

Jane said that most of the rubbish which accumulates on Cleveleys beach comes directly from the sea, rather than litter louts.

She added: “The amount depends on the weather. When the conditions are rough we can pick up as much as half a ton of rubbish in one day. I don’t think we have too much of a litter problem. There are a lot of bins on the sea front, and happily they are well used.”

Volunteers are asked to help by not just collecting litter, but also registering what they find. The results are then collated by MCS from all around the UK.

To take part in the event register on the MCS website, and find more details at www.rossallbeach.org.uk or on Facebook.