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Clear up at Snettisham Beach

Pupils, Rotarians and the Mayor clean Snettisham Beach

Published: Thursday, 29th March 2018

On a lovely early spring day 20 Rotarians and pupils from Springwood High and King Edward VII Schools Interact Clubs combed nearly two miles of Snettisham beach finding all sorts of rubbish and clearing it away in sacks.

Trinity Rotary Club held a beach clean of Snettisham Beach on Sunday 25 March.

The party was joined by the mayor, Carol Bower, who is also a local councillor, and her consort Simon. The mayor said: “It is was good to see so many people cleaning the beach and making it safer and more pleasant for people to use. It was good to see the youngsters taking such an active role as it is their world that is being affected. A worry was the amount of plastics recovered, not just bottles as had been so much covered recently, but also in ropes etc. That, in such a short time, thirty plus kilos of materials were collected is a real sign of the problem we face, especially given that much of this is very lightweight. Huge thanks to all of those involved, and a great relief that it was actually such a lovely day to be on the beach doing something positive.”

In total 711 items weighing 37 kilos was collected of which plastic was nearly 400 items confirming the issue that plastic is a major polluter of the sea and being washed up on our shores.

A 100 metre section of the beach was recorded in detail to participate in the Marine Conservation’s Society “Great British Beach Clean”. 31 items were recorded weighing 6 kilos, again mainly plastic. The results of this stretch will be submitted to the national survey monitoring the state of our beaches.

Among the unusual items found were a complete metal chair, tennis balls, shoes, scrubbing bush, balloons and jackets!

Adrian Parker, Club President, “Thank you to all who helped. Special thanks to The Mayor and the borough council who supported he clear up with their litter picking kits. We were lucky with the weather and it felt good to leave a popular stretch of beach as clean as we could get it.”

If anyone is interested in what the club does they are very welcome to join a meeting or event. Please contact Malcolm Wood on 07710 762588 or www.trinityrotarykingslynn.co.uk.

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