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Army of volunteers get stuck in for Bournemouth beach clean-up
VOLUNTEERS got together on Saturday morning to take part in a major beach clean-up and survey.
The group took part in Beachwatch Big Weekend, a national event organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), that helps it put together its annual summary of the state of Britain’s beaches.
The Bournemouth clean-up was organised by Matt Budden, who works at the Highcliff Hotel.
He said: “It was the first we have organised. I’m executive chef at the Highcliff and we do a lot of work with sustainable fishing.
“The MCS organises one event each year and events go on around the country.
“It’s about sustainable fishing and ensuring our beaches are looked after.
“We started at Durley Chine and made our way along up to the pier and included some of the promenades.
“We collate the information and give it to the MCS and they put a big report together covering the whole of the UK. We have a green lobby at the hotel and it’s one of the events we wanted to engage with as our staff and the public could help.
“We’re hoping to do a few more as the winter goes along. It was a public event, so we had staff and public there – about 25 people.
“It was clean but we still picked up things like glass, cigarette butts and disposable barbecues.
“Because there were quite a lot of us it was easy to cover the ground.”
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