As the first big storms of autumn and winter arrive on our coasts, so to does the sadly inevitable tide of marine litter that they carry with them. Every autumn and spring marine environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage mobilise an army of volunteers in a series of beach clean events around the country – at time of posting, 465 beach and river clean events had been registered! SAS’s team of hardworking regional reps leads the events and volunteers, and we are incredibly proud that our area’s rep is Cornish Rock Tors’ own Hugo Brown. Hugo’s organised this year’s Big Autumn Beach Clean for Polzeath on Friday October 26th, starting at 1.30pm at The Tubestation.
“People know that we are drowning in single-use plastic waste and the place we see it most obviously is on our beaches and river banks. Autumn is when the storms arrive and the flow of plastic increases. We are calling on members of the public to join the efforts and make this the biggest beach and river clean we have ever seen.”
Director of Campaigns and Projects, Ben Hewitt
If you live in or are visiting the area and can spare some time on Friday afternoon, even if only for fifteen minutes or so, then another pair of hands helping to keep one of our beaches beautiful would be very much appreciated. Hugo will provide all volunteers with gloves and all necessary equipment, so you just need to wear suitable clothing and footwear – and dogs are welcome too!
You can find out more and register your interest at the event’s Facebook page by clicking here.