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Frustrated locals organise Dorset cove clean

Two university students from Bournemouth are organising a beach clean at a cove in Dorset.

The clean will take place this Sunday at Chapman’s Pool on the Isle of Purbeck.

Zack Boakes, one of the organisers says the main problem is plastic: “Chapman’s Pool is basically the hub of plastic waste in the local area – everything, including all the discarded fishing waste.”

Large amounts of plastic waste

Rubbish washing up on the UK’s beaches is continuing to increase, rising by 10% in 2017, the Marine Conservation Society’s annual beach clean revealed.

The reason for the excessive amount of waste in the cove is because of a current moving waste in to Chapman’s Pool.

“There’s two currents and it seems to me that they are directing the waste into it.”

Mr Boakes says that the cove is really difficult to access because of the cliff you have to walk down. He suggests this might be why not many beach cleans are organised there.

He says: “The aim is to reduce the waste there, to tidy the beach up which will obviously help the marine life.

And make it look nicer, because it’s such a beautiful place and it’s a shame when you’re walking there and there’s loads of plastic everywhere. But mostly for the benefit of the marine life.”

Needing a clean the most

Mr Boakes says: “In my opinion it’s worse than anywhere else – it needs the beach clean the most, there’s beach cleans in Bournemouth and obviously that’s great but the situation is much worse at Chaplin’s Pool.”

Mr Boakes plans to continue the cleans at Chapman’s Pool, to ensure plastic does not amount further overtime.

“The last time I went there was just plastic piled up – it looks like there’s more plastic than there is seaweed and stones there. It’s ridiculous, just walking over mounds of plastic.

“The situation is just going to get worse and worse until someone does something about it. We will probably organise regular ones – it would be nice to keep them going.”

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