Volunteer army needed to clean up Rossall Point

Last year's Rossall beach clean up
Last year's Rossall beach clean up
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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Marks & Spencer (M&S) are calling for volunteers to don their wellies, grab some gloves and help give Rossall beach a spring clean as part of the nationwide Big Beach Clean-up.

The beach cleans are organised by MCS and M&S and will be hosted by the local M&S store team and are taking place in England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland from 24th to 30th April.

The clean at Rossall Point will take place on Wednesday April 30 2014at 14:00pm with volunteers meeting on the beach by the parking bays on Rossall Promenade. The clean up will be led by Rossall Cleveleys M&S store team.

The national target is to clear more than last year’s massive haul of 30 tonnes of litter – the equivalent weight of two double decker buses.

Volunteers who register in advance at www.mcsuk.org/foreverfish will receive a money-off M&S voucher on the day of their beach clean*.

Most of the litter collected will be common waste items such as fishing nets, ropes and bottles tops. However, last year M&S beach and canal cleaners found an array of unusual items including a bath, coffee maker, HM Prison Service toothbrush and a Freeview box.

Additionally, MCS will take the opportunity to assess the impact this year’s storms have had on beach litter and debris.

Last year over 9,000 people volunteered across the UK and collected 4,000 bin bags full of litter after cleaning over 300km of beaches and canals.

Samantha Fanshawe, MCS Chief Executive, said: “This week of action is a great opportunity to clean up some of our best loved beaches and remove litter that has built up following recent storms. Rubbish washed up or left on beaches not only harms wildlife but spoils our enjoyment of the coast too, so the more people that take part the more litter we can remove from harm’s way. Throughout the year, there will be activities and resources for schoolchildren to learn more about our seas and the fascinating marine life they support.”

The M&S Big Beach Clean-up at Pembrey Sands is part of the retailers Forever Fish campaign which is funded by the profits from the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S foodhalls. Since its introduction in 2008, the charge has reduced carrier bag use by 75 per cent and raised over £6 million for good causes.

Volunteers can find out more www.mcsuk.org/foreverfish and follow the event on Twitter @mcsuk or search #beachclean and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mcsuk).