RBC’s Belle Greve bay beach clean as part of Blue Water Day activities

June 15th, 2013 by Richard Lord

RBC Wealth Management staff collected 12 bags of litter from the Belle Greve Bay shore during their Blue Water Day activities on 14 June 2013.

Joc Pettitt of Take3 Guernsey stands by some of the litter he helped collect with RBC Wealth Management (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Jockathon Pettitt of Take3 Guernsey stands by some of the litter he helped collect with RBC Wealth Management employees (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Besides the 12 bags of mixed litter, RBC Wealth Management employees also removed a hawser and a pallet from the beach.

On one end of the beach there were three interrupted lines of fragmenting blue plastic sticking out of the sand.

The edge of blue plastic sheeting is still embedded in the gravelly sand on the Belle Greve Bay shore (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

This edge of blue plastic sheeting is still embedded in the gravelly sand on the Belle Greve Bay shore (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

More than half an hour of digging allowed one of the blue plastic sheets to be pulled free of the beach.

Blue plastic sheeting that had begun to fragment removed from the gravelly sand on the Belle Greve Bay shore (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Blue plastic sheeting that had begun to fragment removed from the gravelly sand on the Belle Greve Bay shore (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

A trowel will help enormously to remove the remaining plastic sheets embedded in the beach.

While walking along the beach collecting plastic jugs, forks, cigarette lighters, plastic coated cables, fishing line and netting, and aluminium cans in various states of disintegration, I met Jockathon Pettitt of Take3 Guernsey with Rachel Burton who had joined the RBC beach cleaning effort while also walking Rachel’s dogs.

Jockathon Pettitt and Rachel Burton with her dogs and bags containing litter collected from the Belle Greve Bay shore on 14 June 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Jockathon Pettitt and Rachel Burton with her dogs and bags containing litter collected from the Belle Greve Bay shore on 14 June 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Take3 Guernsey has galvanised many people to pick up litter and report their activities to the Take3 Guernsey Facebook page. As their Facebook page states “the ‘Take 3’ message is simple: take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere you visit outdoors and you have made a difference.”

The group is organising several Guernsey beach cleans and other projects in the coming months.

Litter collected from the Belle Greve Bay shore opposite Carey House (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A quick litter pick-up from the Belle Greve Bay shore opposite Carey House on the morning of 15 June 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

RBC Wealth Management staff did not have time to collect litter from the entire length of the shore of Belle Greve Bay, and beach litter accumulates quickly, so more litter pick-ups to keep the Belle Greve shore clean and safe from sharp objects will be required throughout the year.

A close-up of various items collected from the Belle Greve Bay shore. The origin of these items is unknown (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A close-up of various items collected from the Belle Greve Bay shore. (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

 

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