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W.Ho! Great British Beach Clean, Saturday 19th September 11:00 - 1:00pm

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Westward Ho! is taking part in the Great British Beach Clean and we are inviting families, small groups and 'social bubbles' to join in the fun. Each group will be asked to clean and survey a 100-metre section of Westward Ho! beach.
The annual Great British Beach Clean has been leading the way in tackling ocean pollution for 26 years, helping to make some of the most significant impacts on beach litter including bans on micro plastics and the plastic bag charge.

Last year over 10,000 volunteers litter-picked and surveyed 437 beaches across the United Kingdom and on average 558 items of litter was picked up for every 100 metres of beach. They removed 10,833 kg of litter in one weekend alone!
The data collected is shared with the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC), contributing to a worldwide report on litter levels. The Marine Conservation Society also analyses the data and uses the results to raise awareness of pollution and tackle it at source in the UK.

"Every piece of litter retrieved from the beach helps keep our oceans healthy", commented Andrew Cross, Plastic Free Torridge. "The more clean beaches there are, the healthier our oceans will be. It is fabulous to see Torridge District Council being directly involved with this year's MCS beach clean. With the threat of single use plastic rising from the PPE used to combat the pandemic, we need direct action not empty rhetoric. The support of our council in organising and managing this beach clean shows them to be acting not just talking."

Clean litter grabbers and gloves will be provided with strict social distancing measures in place for your safety. If you would like to lead a group or help with organisation please visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/31057665411.
Email: northam.burrows@torridge.gov.uk or call 01237 479708.

Cllr Claire Hodson, Deputy Leader of Torridge District Council and Ward Member said:
"This is a great opportunity to not only clean our local, award winning beach, but to be part of a national and even global event. The on-going pollution of our seas has a devastating impact on wildlife and the data you collect will help to protect our fragile marine environments. We are lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country and we need to show our appreciation and work hard to keep it that way! A big thank you to all who volunteer!".

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