More than 450 volunteers have picked more than a bag of rubbish each off Cornwall’s beaches in preparation for the half term holiday week.
The volunteers, who were all taking part in Sunday’s ‘Great Cornish Beach Litter Pick removed litter washed up on beaches by the huge waves of recent weeks.
The event, organised by Volunteer Cornwall and Clean Cornwall, was supported by Cornwall Council and waste contractor Cory, which collected the litter afterwards.
Andy Breslford, from Volunteer Cornwall said, in total, 456 volunteers collected 485 bags of rubbish across 10 beaches.
He said: “This was an incredible community effort and I would like to thank everyone who took part.
“We attracted the support of 456 volunteers across the 10 beaches who collected 485 bags of rubbish. This was an example of people power at its very best."
The event saw litter picks take place at Summerleaze, Polzeath, Looe, Gyllyngvase, Porthmeor, Perranporth, Fistral , Par, Porthtowan and Gwithian.
A number of communities also joined in by staging litter picks on their own local beaches – including Swanpool, Porthleven, Readymoney Beach in Fowey and Flushing.
At Fistral beach in Newquay, around 48 people donned their gloves to take part in the litter pick, collecting 35 bags of rubbish.
At Gwithian around 30 volunteersjoined in, picking up a large number of bags of rubbish. “It was great to see the experienced litter pickers come well prepared with pickers, bags, gloves and handi-hoops (a device to hold the bin bags open in the wind)” said organiser Judy Thomas. “We also had some more unusual equipment – with embroidery hoops just as effective as the more conventional devices”.
Around 15 people picked up litter from Polzeath beach, collecting 11 bags of rubbish. “We could not have picked a better day for the beach clean", said organiser Christine Pryce. “It was great to see the support from the local community.
“One local resident who was out walking her dog came up to me say “thank you” for helping to clear the beach. She said that she went down to the beach everyday to do a litter pick and always returned with a full bag of rubbish.”
One of the most successful litter picks took place at Par where around 140 people collected more than 200 bags of rubbish. “This was a great day with wonderful community spirit and lovely weather” said organiser Richard Parks, chair of the Friends of Par Beach.
People can also take part in the next Clean Cornwall Week which is due to take place between Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 March.
For more information visit www.cleancornwall.co.uk