A cold but sunny autumn morning saw Surfers Against Sewage hold a beach clean up on Stokes Bay, in Gosport, as part of their Autumn Beach Clean series. Their campaign highlights plastic and other litter on our shores with the aim of keeping them as clean as possible. I had never been to Stokes Bay before and was immediately struck by how beautiful it was, with golden sunlight pouring over the pebbles.
|Stokes Bay, Gosport|
The volunteers were lead by Cliff Culver, someone I had recently met at the beach clean up on Weston Shore. He and his colleagues made everyone feel welcome and, with Hallowe'en just around the corner, they even had a costume competition for the children to enjoy. Darth Vader was the winner, awarded by local celebrity and a good friend, Malcolm Dent. Involving children in this way is a great idea; they grow up so quickly that it is important to take the time to reach out to them and encourage them to participate so that they have these sorts of activities as part of their background.
|The volunteers arrive|
We soon set forth and scoured the shore for litter. Although the beach seemed quite clean superficially, as usual once you started looking, there was lots of plastic debris to collect. This could often be found caught on the plants on the shore and at one point, I worked along the side of the walkway at Stokes Bay. The ledge this formed was a wind trap for litter and I was able to find all sorts, including a tee that may have come from the nearby pitch and putt course.
It was wonderful to see families taking part and I was delighted to see a friend of mine called Nicola Dickinson taking part, alongside her daughter. I made some new friends, two keen litter pickers from The Yacht Market, who were energetic and enthusiastic about the event. Thanks for taking part!
|The Yacht Market at Stokes Bay|
After a couple of happy hours, it was time to down litter pickers and enjoy some treats courtesy of the group. It had been a rewarding morning and Surfers Against Sewage are to be congratulated on a great campaign that has really motivated people to get involved.
A short vlog about the beach clean up :