Plastic Free Long Ashton group introduced in North Somerset village

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 July 2018

Long Ashton village.

Long Ashton village.

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A group in Long Ashton is tackling a widespread plastic-waste issue facing the UK.

Founder of Plastic Free Long Ashton (PFLA), Rosie Payne, set up the group in April.

The association has 132 members and has a dedicated website and Facebook page to help promote plastic-free alternatives in the village.

Rosie said: “I just felt at the time that signing a petition wasn’t going to have enough of an impact in working towards becoming plastic-free.”

In December last year, Natalie Fee of Bristol set up a petition to introduce a tax on disposable plastics which gained more than 100,000 signatures within four days of being published.

Rosie said: “It really got me thinking about what we could do to help this cause, so I felt it was time to take action.

“Blue Planet 2 which aired on BBC One was a real inspiration in helping to spread awareness about tackling the plastic problem at home.”

“We’re a close-knit community in Long Ashton and we wanted to make a plastic-free committee which can make as much of a positive impact as possible in our area.”

The group is working with charity Surfers Against Sewerage (SAS) to stop plastic-waste reaching oceans, beaches, and wildlife across the world.

Rosie Payne founded the group Plastic Free Long Ashton. 	Picture: Rosie PayneRosie Payne founded the group Plastic Free Long Ashton. Picture: Rosie Payne

The Cleaner Coastlines campaign in North Somerset is also working with SAS to achieve a plastic-free coastline status in the area.

PFLA is looking to achieve the charity’s Plastic Free Communities status to join the 331 villages, towns and cities which have achieved this globally.

Members held their first meeting which was attended by 70 people at Long Ashton’s Community Centre in April.

The meeting was spearheaded by City to Sea spokesman Michelle Cassar who spoke about the issue of plastic-waste.

PFLA has applied to Long Ashton Parish Council for a community grant of up to £1,500 to be invested into promoting plastic-free substitutes.

Long Ashton’s group will find out in October if it will receive any funding.

PFLA is planning litter-picks and awareness talks later on this year.

For more information and to get involved, visit www.plasticfreelongashton.co.uk

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