Resort beaches in big clean-up
THE local community banded together last week to help clean the Newquay area’s beaches as part of a national initiative.
Residents headed to Great Western, Towan, Tolcarne, Watergate, Little Fistral, Holywell, Porth and Mawgan Porth beaches as part of Surfers Against Sewage’s (SAS) Big Spring Beach Clean, which was organised as part of the Plastic Free Coastlines campaign in partnership with Ecover.
Boosted by beautiful sunshine, each volunteer was asked to help pick up as much plastic as they could, including very small nurdles, which are pieces of plastic about the size of a lentil.
At Great Western Beach around 15 people, plus Babooshka the dog, worked their way with hands, pickers and rubbish bags along the high-tide line, over the dry sand beach and the surrounding coves to collect all ocean debris and human rubbish.
Annie-May Roberts, from First Wave Adventures, and Roger Mansfield led the clean. Roger said: “The result of this effort was several bags containing glass and plastic bottles, drinks cans, paper, silver foil and various plastic containers. Hardest to see and largely escaping collection were the hundreds of micro-particles of plastic that scatter the tideline sand, often enmeshed in the seaweed clumps.”
All involved were pleased with the results of the clean. Adam Griffiths, the new beach lease-holder along with Lee Gamble, said: “This is the start of many community events at Great Western. We are trying to put Great Western Beach back on the map as it’s been unloved for a number of years now.”
Over at Tolcarne Beach, Susi Tooley from Atlantic Beach Cleans was leading more than 20 people in a clean.
She said: “It was a really good day with a big turnout. It was all about getting those tiny bits of plastic – some winters I can fill bags and bags of litter but this time we were after such small pieces of plastic it was a bit different. Tesco donated bottles of water, which were very much appreciated given how hot it was. The children all helped looking for nurdles and I think it was a very successful clean which will hopefully inspire people to continue to keep our beaches clean.”
The team from Newquay’s Community Orchard were also on hand to clean Towan Beach, leading a good-sized group across the sands to help remove marine litter and plastics.
A spokesperson from Surfers Against Sewage said: “Over 10,000 volunteers joined us this April to clean up our beaches and recycle single-use or ‘throwaway’ plastics that are sadly littering the nation’s coastline and rivers.
“More than 400 Big Spring Beach Cleans were registered across the United Kingdom to help make our vision of plastic-free coastlines a reality, so a huge thank you to all who organised an event or took part.”