Mayor backs 'Great British Beach Clean' this week
Mayor is backing the Great British Beach Clean weekend by showing
his support for a big clean-up event.
estuary wide clean up, the first of its kind, is taking place over
four days from the 14th - 17th September to mark the Great British
Beach Clean weekend.
local events will be run as part of this: The Friends of Berrow
Beach will be holding their clean on Saturday 15th September from
10-12pm, meeting at Berrow Church. And The Friends of Burnham Beach
will meet on Sunday 16th September from 2-4pm, meeting at the Burnham
of Litter Free Somerset and the Severn Estuary Partnership have
been co-ordinating the first ever estuary beach clean and are highlighting
all the different beach cleans going on all around the Severn estuary.
Cllr Bill Hancock has made a head-start by helping to clean up the
plastic which continually washes up along our beaches. "The
Town Council is keen to give itas support this important weekend
and we encourage local residents to get involved," he said.
Severn Estuary Partnership (SEP) has called upon individuals, families,
community groups and businesses across the estuary to take to the
coast and clean up any litter that they can find.
Taylor, Partnership Manager for SEP, says: "The estuary has
so much to offer from recreational activities to improving well-being
and sustaining livelihoods yet can often be taken for granted. A
coordinated beach clean of this scale is an excellent example of
community spirit and engagement with local issues."
and other litter which reside in and around the estuary can kill
local wildlife, decrease water quality and end up in our food chain.
12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year,
which is equivalent to one bin lorry of plastic per minute."
pollution is threatening to cause serious harm to the varied wildlife
that is supported by the estuary including 74,000 wintering birds,
more than 100 species of fish and vast amounts of invertebrates.2
a million people live near the estuary's shores, meaning it is especially
vulnerable to pollution caused by people. This is why SEP is mobilising
the man-power of the communities living around the estuary to come
together and clean the whole coastline."
only will this beach clean reduce the current levels of litter residing
in and around the estuary, but it will also have a lasting legacy
by making connections between different individuals and community
groups who may be unaware that regular beach cleans are already
organised in their local villages or towns."
of the public who want to get involved in a local beach clean event
can find a list of events happening across all four days by clicking