Volunteers of all ages help to clean up Bexhill beach

Bexhill Beach Clean SUS-151021-124016001
Bexhill Beach Clean SUS-151021-124016001

More than 70 people combed Bexhill beach for rubbish on Saturday when Bexhill Environmental group held its big Beach Clean.

They ranged in aged from three years old to over 70.

Volunteers cleaned up the beach from the Old Bathing Station to the steps at Beauleu Road.

Chris Ashford, from Bexhill Environmental Group, said: “Recent north easterly winds had left our beach relatively clean, it is the south westerlies that deposit the most rubbish.

“However, the Bexhill Environmental Group were delighted at both the enthusiasm of the rubbish pickers and the quantity collected.

Rachel Hills, who keeps a tally of the variety of items picked up was amazed that over 20 “new” rubbish finds were recorded.

These included a whole pair of spectacles, a BBQ, a pair of blue children’s socks and some ear plugs.”

Once more it was the amount of plastic that caused most concern Chris Ashford reminded people that plastic will take 500 years to degrade.

Chris added: “The new gloves, grabbers and buckets were all put to good use – with thanks to our sponsors Bexhill Charter Trustees and B&Q, and we must forget Enid who washes the gloves after each session.

“ Several volunteers were dismayed at the amount of dog pooh on the beach and expressed hope that the recent initiative by Rother District Council would generate a more responsible attitude from the few dog owners who do not clear up after their pets.

Returning to the promenade, volunteers were warmed by coffee, tea or orange juice and biscuits provided by the Co-op in Bexhill.

“ Bexhill Environmental Group is now looking forward to the next session on November 17 at the eastern end of the promenade.

Bexhill Environmental Group is an independent environmental action group run entirely by volunteers.

Their aims are to work to protect and improve the Bexhill environment and promote a sustainable green future: greening Bexhill, action on waste and recycling, tackling climate change, promoting sustainable transport and protecting the marine environment.

For more information on the group visit: www.bexhillenvironmentalgroup.org.uk.

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