Help care for your coast

THERE are two pieces of litter for every footstep you take on a beach, and once again the National Trust is appealing for volunteers to take part in The Great British Spring Clean, run by Keep Britain Tidy, running until 23rd April.

The tide of litter on our beaches appears to be on the increase, quantities of litter on UK beaches have more than doubled since 1994, and plastic now accounts for over 70% of all litter. Not only can litter be a health hazard to us and off putting to tourists, it is estimated that more than 100,000 marine animals die every year from entanglement or ingestion of items discarded on our beaches or at sea.

Each year a series of National Trust beach cleans take place helping to fight this tide of litter. The charity is asking for volunteers to dress down, get dirty and help clean beaches in the South West, as they

The Great British Spring Clean hopes to inspire 500,000 people of all ages and abilities to join forces and collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.

Nick Lawrence, National Trust coast director says: “Not only do beach cleans help to improve the coastal habitat for plants and animals but they are also great fun and suitable for all the family to take part in, you don’t need to book, just turn up!  You’ll also be doing your bit to ensure that the beaches you love and we care for are clean.  As a charity, it costs us £3,000 to look after each mile of coast year – that is £1 million pounds a year just to look after the 300 miles of coastline we care for in the South West.”

For more info visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/beach-cleans-across-the-south-west