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Volunteers out in force for big beach clean-up operation

TIDY Neil and Sian Amey with their daughter Cora at yesterdays beach clean. Picture: Sarah Standing (123046-2807)

By Chris Broom
Published in the Portsmouth News on Monday 17th September 2012

FROM bottles to cans, parts of boats – and even a shotgun cartridge – volunteers cleared thousands of pieces of rubbish from beaches this weekend.

As part of the Marine Conservation’s 19th annual Beachwatch big weekend, dozens of people helped clear and analyse what has been dumped on our shorelines.

At Southsea a group of 29 started their clean-up by Rocksbys Restaurant.

Local councillor Luke Stubbs, the organiser, said: ‘It’s important that everyone should have a stake in keeping our community, and Britain, tidy.

‘It’s illuminating what we find but because this is a public beach and it’s well used, we don’t tend to have the bigger pieces of rubbish.’

Lara Skingsley, of Shaftesbury Road in Southsea got involved recently with other beach cleans and wants to help promote regular efforts in Southsea.

She said: ‘I’ve done other beach cleans and it’s great to see people out. But no-one knew one another, then at the end they all wandered off.

‘I want to make it more of an outing and more sociable, but without putting pressure on people to come to every one.’

Sian Amey, of Westover Road in Baffins, Portsmouth, was joined by husband Neil and five-year-old daughter Cora.

Mrs Amey said: ‘We come to the beach quite often, so we wanted to get involved.

‘A lot of people are just lazy in what they leave behind.’

At Portchester, volunteers were finding a lot of metal.

Hazel Woodman of the Portchester Civic Society said: ‘We often do around by the castle, but we wanted to do a different part of the beach this time.

‘We haven’t even touched the surface of all this metalwork. Three of us were in one place, not moving for an hour and just picking up nuts and bolts.

‘It’s interesting to see how things change in what you find as you move along the beach.’

Other beach cleans in our region took place on Meon shore at Hill Head and Titchfield, Stokes Bay in Gosport, Langstone Harbour in Portsmouth, Whale Island beach at Stamshaw in Portsmouth, Cams Bay in Fareham, Budds Farm in Havant, North Hayling in Havant, Stoke Bay on Hayling Island, Hamble River at Lower Swanwick, and Eastney in Portsmouth.

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