Sunday 1st August 2010 saw over forty local people take part in the Big Beach Clean Up on Weston Shore, Southampton. And what a difference they made as in only a few hours the shore was wonderfully clean and looking so much better. Weston Shore has once again received the prestigious Green Flag award and the beach clean is helping make sure it keeps this award.
The Friends of Weston Shore are very lucky to have the help of the heroic Louise Fagan from Southampton City Council’s Communities Department in making the beach clean a reality and without her tireless efforts it would never have happened.
People of all ages took part and the enthusiasm and eagerness to get involved is really uplifting. It’s a sign that there is a lot of interest in taking part in activities to help make a difference, a very hopeful point for the future. It was wonderful to see the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Carol Cunio, help as well and she was very clear in her support for the group and Weston Shore.
Councillor Warwick Payne also made a great contribution and the Friends group are lucky to have someone in his position take such a close interest in the future of the group and get involved.
A huge amount of rubbish and litter was collected and included four tyres, a full, unopened bottle of wine and a long length of barbed wire which could have caused a nasty injury if it had not been collected by a new friend to the group by the name of Leslie Hallum. The 2010 Beach Clean Up was the biggest one yet and afterwards effectively the whole shore was worked on as there were so many people taking part.
Amongst those taking part were one of the long term stalwarts of the beach clean, Max Emerson. It was also great to see John Martin at the shore as well, another long term friend of the Friends of Weston Shore.
Not only does the shore now have the Green Flag award, but the inter-tidal mudflats on Weston Shore are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This is a result of the use of the habitat by thousands of migratory birds every year. A Friends group can help enhance and promote the shore for the wildlife that use it along with local people and visitors to the area. If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch!