The Friends of Weston Shore, a local community group in Southampton, were delighted recently to be awarded a generous award from the Lovell Grant. This funding is to be used to help with their expenses for the Big Beach Clean Up on Saturday 8th August 2015, which is their annual litter pick on Weston Shore. The aim of the litter pick is to clear up lots of rubbish so that not only does the beach continue to look beautiful but is also a safe and beneficial habitat for the species that live there.
The group’s public litter pick is held every year in August and normally attracts over fifty people. In a few hours these energetic volunteers help clear up a large amount of litter on the shore. Not only is litter unsightly, it can also pose a danger to the wildlife that live on the shore, especially sea birds.
The funds from the Lovell Grant are being used to purchase small treats for children taking part in the litter pick and the group hope that families from the local area will be able to join them on the day. To add to the fun, the group are having a pirate theme to the beach clean. Adam Manning, chairman of Friends of Weston Shore, said, “as a group we are always delighted when families with young children can join us for the litter pick as we hope taking part helps them develop an interest in their environment and the natural world.”
Sarah Killworth, the group’s secretary, added, “we are delighted to receive the funding from the Lovell Grant with the help of Southampton City Council. This enables our litter pick to become a really special day and will add a lot of fun to the event.”
The Big Beach Clean Up is on Saturday 8th August 2015 from 10am to 1pm on Weston Shore, Southampton, starting near the Pitch & Putt Course. Please dress sensibly for the event. All children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Small treats for children taking part are available while stocks last.
For more information about the event and Friends of Weston Shore please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Weston Shore