Litter-free campaign launched at Clevedon Pier

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 July 2019

Clevedon Pier volunteers helping to launch the 2 Minute Beach Clean campaign on Clevedon beach.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Clevedon Pier volunteers helping to launch the 2 Minute Beach Clean campaign on Clevedon beach. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Clevedon Pier is joining the fight to rid the town of plastic by launching a campaign to get people picking up litter.

Clevedon Pier volunteers helping to launch the 2 Minute Beach Clean campaign on Clevedon beach.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONClevedon Pier volunteers helping to launch the 2 Minute Beach Clean campaign on Clevedon beach. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust has over the past year partnered up with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and the Severn Estuary Partnership (SEP) who run the community-focused project Litter Free Coasts and Seas Somerset.

The pier team felt passionate about giving back to the community, which has helped to secure its future and gave it support throughout its 150-year history.

The pier has started to introduce education sessions for schools and youth groups and has recently worked in collaboration with the Country File Magazine to launch its National Litter Heroes campaign.

This month will see Clevedon Pier become custodians of the #2minutebeachclean board in partnership with SEP.

Clevedon Pier volunteers helping to launch the 2 Minute Beach Clean campaign on Clevedon beach.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONClevedon Pier volunteers helping to launch the 2 Minute Beach Clean campaign on Clevedon beach. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The move is part of the Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset project with support from North Somerset Council.

The board, which houses litter-pickers and bags, encourages people to do their bit to clean up the seafront and to shout about their achievements using the hashtag.

It will be available to the public on the seafront when the pier is open.

Beachwatch organiser Abbie Edbrooke said: "The tide of litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at, it can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife.

"More than 170 species including seabirds, turtles and whales have mistaken marine litter for food and actually eaten it, which in many cases has resulted in starvation, poisoning and ultimately a slow, painful death.

"We want people to reduce their own single use plastic waste and recycle wherever they can.

"Taking part in a beach clean event will not only make the beach look great for visitors, but will also help MCS identify where the litter comes from and try to stop it at source."

Clevedon beach will get a thorough clean in July as part of Beachwatch.

To find out more details, contact Abbie at abbieedbrooke@clevedonpier.com or on 01275 878846 or Tanya Cox at coxt4@cardiff.ac.uk or at www.mcsuk.org

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