Big Beach Clean Up – Big Success!


At the start of the day!

Setting up our base of operations at the start of the day.

Weston Shore was abuzz last Sunday with keen volunteers scouring the beach for litter.  The Friends of Weston Shore held their regular clean up with the assistance of our friends at Southampton City Council and Groundwork South.

Virginia from Friends of Weston Shore

Virginia from Friends of Weston Shore

We were particularly excited as a group of 24 volunteers had travelled long distances to help with our event before going onto take part in a sailing adventure.

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When we set up it was rather too windy to put up our usual gazebo so we had to brave the elements and run the event in what you might call an al fresco manner. Our volunteers soon turned up, hungry to get out on the shore and pick off the litter.

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The event was a great success, one of our most well attended with around fifty volunteers taking part.  This was the first event in which our volunteers were able to cover the whole of the area that the Friends of Weston Shore cover, from Netley Castle at one end down to Southampton Sailing Club at the other.

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The shore looked pristine afterwards and we are so grateful for all the help we received and to all the volunteers who took part.

The HUGE amount of rubbish that was cleaned up!

The HUGE amount of rubbish that was cleaned up!

Weston Shore

Weston Shore

One wonderful moment was wandering up to the stream near Weston Yacht Club.  There is a growth of teasel on the banks of the stream and this was alive with bees, flitting between the flowers.  To see them busy at their work was a thrilling end to a great day.

Teasel and Bees

Teasel and Bees

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