and Brean beaches given a clean-up by team of volunteers
Berrow and Brean Beaches have been given a deep clean this week
as volunteers from Southern Co-op were out in force with Somerset
The beaches were the second of five to be cleaned as Southern Co-op
has planned a series of beach cleans across the region as part of
The national awareness fortnight aims to show how people can achieve
more together than in isolation. It highlights how each persons
contribution, however small, helps towards achieving a bigger overall
goal and a greater change for good.
Staff and members of Southern Co-op joined in with the Berrow and
Brean beach clean-up and scoured the area for disregarded rubbish.
They collected a total of five bags of rubbish which weighed 13.8kgs.
Gemma Lacey, Director of Sustainability and Communications at Southern
Co-op, said: "We always try and do something during Co-operatives
Fortnight which makes a difference in our local community as well
as promoting working co-operatively."
"We wanted to get involved in marine conversation and combat
issues around plastics. There have been a lot of local concerns
about rubbish along our shore lines so we thought this opportunity
"It was a hot day but everyone battled on and collected everything
from cigarette butts and lighters to sweet packets and a syringe.
There was even mesh left behind and old barbecues."
Through partnerships with The Wildlife Trusts and CPRE (Campaign
for the Protection of Rural England) Hampshire, Southern Co-op is
creating opportunities for colleagues and members to get actively
involved in protecting and promoting our local wildlife and countryside.
A Somerset Wildlife Trust spokesman added: "At this time of
year, and in this weather, being on the beach is a fantastic way
to boost our health and wellbeing, and gives us the chance to appreciate
the brilliant wildlife that can be seen on our coastline. Seeing
litter and rubbish on the beaches however can have the opposite
effect, and can also have grave consequences for our bird and marine
"As well as not littering to begin with, we also all need
to take responsibility for caring for our coast, and keeping these
habitats clean and healthy for people and wildlife, so it is absolutely
amazing that the Southern Co-op team has come together to do the
beach clean to help do that."