A ‘rid litter’ day on Christchurch beaches

Bournemouth Echo: CLEANING UP: Cllrs Nick Geary, Gillian Geary, Peter Hall and PC Dave Williams CLEANING UP: Cllrs Nick Geary, Gillian Geary, Peter Hall and PC Dave Williams

DEDICATED volunteers who have helped to clear Christchurch beaches of litter and debris will be celebrating the first anniversary of a special campaign.

The Litter Free Coast and Sea campaign run by Christchurch council is nearing its first anniversary and a beach clean at Friars Cliff beach will be held on Sunday January 6 to celebrate.

Throughout 2012 a variety of community groups got involved with the campaign and 17 events took place throughout the year, helping clear litter from the Christchurch coastline.

And the campaign will continue through 2013 with the council’s open spaces team appealing for more local groups to get involved in the campaign.

The Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Peter Hall, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to help keep our coastline free from litter. Most people here are very responsible and take their litter home with them but a lot of the litter collected gets brought in with the tide.

“People who take part in the litter picks usually enjoy the day as it’s good exercise and it gives them the feeling that they are helping keep the local environment clean.”

Earlier last year volunteers and councillors helped to clear 10 black bags of rubbish at Christchurch Quay while Christchurch Lifesaving Club also organised a beach clean at Friars Cliff.

Employees from Marks and Spencer stores in Bournemouth and Poole, too, cleared the beaches and Quay at Mudeford.

Youngsters from the 5th Christchurch (Highcliffe) cubs and beavers also got involved while the Highcliffe Nyeri Explorer Scouts held a conservation day at various areas in the borough.

Anyone wishing to organise a beach clean in 2013, or to be added to the beach clean event mailing list, should contact the Open Spaces Team on 01202 495229 or email beaches@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk

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6:00pm Tue 1 Jan 13

MngsMnr says...

I don't see these ridiculous grinning councillors down at Friars Cliff when a lovely lady is walking her dog and picking up all the litter she can manage EVERY DAY of the year - that is 365 times a year - not 17!
Are these half wits hedging for a CBE for trotting along to an organised event as if they thought of it first.
I don't see these ridiculous grinning councillors down at Friars Cliff when a lovely lady is walking her dog and picking up all the litter she can manage EVERY DAY of the year - that is 365 times a year - not 17! Are these half wits hedging for a CBE for trotting along to an organised event as if they thought of it first. MngsMnr
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7:56pm Tue 1 Jan 13

sea poole says...

MngsMnr -Spot on!
MngsMnr -Spot on! sea poole
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1:07pm Wed 2 Jan 13

coster says...

Hear Hear!
Hear Hear! coster
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4:45pm Wed 2 Jan 13

DorsetEco says...

Dear Echo, This is the third time you have used this photo it also appeared on 10th March 2012 and 5th May 2012.

Please do not forget the other groups and individuals who are also active and determined to beat those who want to spoil OUR town with THEIR litter
Dear Echo, This is the third time you have used this photo it also appeared on 10th March 2012 and 5th May 2012. Please do not forget the other groups and individuals who are also active and determined to beat those who want to spoil OUR town with THEIR litter DorsetEco
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