Love your coast campaign

Volunteers begin work at Sandbanks to reduce marine and beach litter

Around 30 people volunteered to clean beaches at Sandbanks this morning.

The campaign, which took place between 11am and 2pm today, aims to reduce the amount of marine and beach litter whilst raising awareness of the problem.

Love your coast signpost

The clean-up will also help towards getting the Blue Flag beaches certification: “If we get some community involvement, it will help us along the way to getting blue flag again,” said Caroline Gaze, Greenspace Community Officer.

The campaign was organised by Poole Borough Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Litter Free Coast Society.

Environmental enhancement officer Elizabeth Williams said: “We were approached by the Dorset Litter Free Coast Society trying to raise awareness of the dangers of litter to the sea and marine life and it was our part to show willingness to contribute to that.”

It is the second time the clean-up has been organised. The first one took place in the October half-term.

Equipment for volunteers

 Poole volunteers were asked to meet at Sandbanks Beach Office and collected litter from Sandbanks beach to Shore Road.

 All the necessary equipment, including gloves, litter pickers and bags was provided for volunteers.

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