Tendring volunteers dig to clean up beach litter
A BAND of volunteers took to the golden sands of Tendring to help clean up over 10 miles of beaches.
The teams faced stretches at Clacton, Jaywick, Frinton and Walton as part of a national effort.
Garbage bags were filled and taken away to help protect the environment from trash and rubbish left behind and washed up on shore.
The event took place on Sunday and Clacton Pier hosted the Clacton Volunteer Litter Picking group which worked east to Holland-on-Sea.
RiverCare and BeachCare, which are run by Keep Britain Tidy and supported by Anglian Water, were in attendance and helped organize the cleanup.
David Wallace, RiverCare and BeachCare’s program manager for Essex and Suffolk, said he was delighted with the effort.
“We are able to help with equipment, insurance, risk assessments and paperwork, but it is the local community that comes up with the volunteers – the labor to do the legwork,” did he declare.
“There are about 40 people here at Clacton with support from the pier and there are about 100 in all, including the Frinton and Walton sites.
“It’s a great team effort and makes a huge difference besides helping to raise awareness.”
The other teams were Frinton Frombles, Walton Wallys, Walton Naze and Trash Free Tendring.
It was all part of a large British beach cleaned up by the Marine Conservation Society.
Pier manager Billy Ball said he was happy to be able to support this worthy community initiative.
“As a company operating on the North Sea and the beach, we are very aware of the environmental issues involved,” he added.
“We are educating people about the local marine life in our Seaquarium in an effort to raise awareness – and are happy to support beach clean-up initiatives like this one. It was a great effort all along.
Clacton Volunteer’s garbage collection team collected over 30 bags of garbage and also found more than 200 crates of skate eggs – also known as mermaid handbags – as part of a marine survey.
Adrian Smith, who was part of the team, said: “It was a very successful day, and we would like to thank everyone who got involved in the cleanup that we hope to do on an annual or semi-annual basis.
“We rode about 100 km collectively through Clacton, Jaywick Frinton and Walton.”