Guernsey Environment Department promoting four organised beach cleaning weekends

April 23rd, 2013 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

Pembroke beach, Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Pembroke beach, L’Ancresse, Guernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The States of Guernsey Environment Department is promoting four weekends of beach cleans for volunteers in 2013.

The first one takes place on Sunday 28 April 2013 starting at 11 am at L’Ancresse.

This is the Marine Conservation Society’s Big Beach Clean up which is sponsored by Marks & Spencer and will take no more than two hours.

This is a new event for Guernsey and everyone is welcome to come along and help out with the beach clean and a survey of the litter found.

Please give the Environment Services Unit a call on 717200 by 5 pm Friday 26 April 2013 if you plan to take part.

Gloves will be provided and it’s helpful if people can bring along a sturdy carrier bag or bag for life to put rubbish in.

Make a date in your diary for the 2013 Guernsey Coastal Clean Up weekends which are going ahead on the 13 and 14 July and 20 and 21 July.

Anyone wanting to take part can contact the Environment Department and choose the beach they would like to clean.

There’s no survey with this event – we just want to get the beaches in top condition for the summer holidays.

Finally the annual Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch event is going ahead from 20 to 23 September 2013 inclusive.

This is now in its 19th year and the surveys over the years have given valuable information on the volumes of litter found around Britain’s beaches and how some types of litter – particularly plastics – have increased since the campaign began.

Roger Domaille, Minister for the Environment, said “Guernsey’s beaches are amongst the best in the world and I think most of us appreciate just how lucky we are to live here.”

“Our tides mean that marine litter can wash up twice a day and removing it promptly keeps our beaches cleaner and safer for everyone, as well as protecting our wildlife,” he said.

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Deputy Roger Domaille, Guernsey’s Minister Environment Minister (click to expand – ©RLLord)

“There are many people who quietly pick up litter as they walk their dog or just enjoy a stroll around the coast and we very much appreciate their help.”

Anyone who would like to join in with the event on 28th April 2013 will be very welcome – its one of the easiest things we can do to help look after our island,” Deputy Domaille said.

People interested in taking part in one of the beach clean ups are welcome to contact the Environment Department (Environment Services Unit) for more information on 717200.


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