LITTER Free Coast and Sea will be staging its 31st annual Great Dorset Beach Clean over the weekend of May 22 and 23.
This year’s event is being hosted in partnership with Clean Jurassic Coast and will consist of 21 beach cleans from Lyme Regis to Christchurch, hosted by organisations and community groups, including Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Trust and Leave Only Footprints.
As a result of the pandemic, places will be limited for each event so book onto your chosen event in advance to guarantee your place.
The pandemic saw last year’s event cancelled, but in 2019 more than 700 volunteers across the Dorset coast work together to clear 214 bags of rubbish from Dorset’s beaches.
Litter collected included single-use items such as plastic bottles and aluminium cans, polystyrene pieces, bottle caps and lids, cotton bud sticks, plastic bags, fishing lines and various items of marine litter that had been washed up onto the shoreline.
Matilda Manley, Litter Free Coast & Sea project co-ordinator, said: “We are excited to be running the Great Dorset Beach Clean again this year. It is obviously going to be a bit different and a little scaled back.
“However, we know that all the volunteers who help to lead the events and those who sign up to join in will make a big difference to our beautiful coastline. Look forward to seeing you on the beaches!”
By working to ensure our beaches are litter free prior to the May half term holidays, it is hoped that both residents and visitors alike will be encouraged to respect and protect Dorset’s coastline this summer, and collect and responsibly dispose of any litter they may produce during their coastal visits.
Roy Beal, founder of Clean Jurassic Coast, commented: “There is strength in numbers. Only by working together can we keep our fabulous beaches clean and the more awareness we can raise as a volunteer collaborative network, the better chance we have of getting the message across to try to prevent littering in the first place.”
Full details of the beaches involved and booking details for each clean can be found at www.litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk