The UK’s leading marine charity says it hopes people who love the coast will take part in a nationwide beach clean event which includes clean-ups at Old Hunstanton, Heacham and Holkham.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) runs regular beach cleans around the UK which this year will culminate in the Great British Beach Clean over the weekend of September 19-22.
MCS said it hoped to get a record number of people cleaning beaches around the UK during its Great British Beach Clean weekend and is looking for volunteers in West Norfolk.
Tom Bell, MCS Campaigns Manager, said the event was intended to return many of Britain’s beaches to their halcyon days of the 50’s and 60’s, before Britain became a throwaway society resulting in thousands of pieces of litter, including vast amounts of plastic, along every kilometre of the UK’s coastline.
He said: “Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches. We throw more stuff away than ever. Plastic in the marine environment may take hundreds of years to break down and it washes up or is blown onto beaches in bits from micro pieces to larger chunks.
“We flush stuff down the loo we shouldn’t, and that ends up in our water ways and then our beaches. We want to see people turning out to clean up their favourite or local beach during our Great British Beach Clean weekend – please don’t turn your back on our beaches.”
Data collected by thousands of volunteers from hundreds of beaches around the UK is published by MCS the following spring in the Beachwatch Summary Report. This document is used at regional, national and international levels to raise awareness of the impacts of marine litter, to promote measures to reduce litter at source and to campaign for marine litter legislation.
There are beach clean events in Norfolk at Caister, Blakeney Point, East Runton, Yarmouth, Heacham, Holkham, Mundesley, Old Hunstanton, Scratby Steps, Sea Palling, Waxham, Bacton Beach and Sheringham.
To find out dates and times at individual beaches and to sign up to the Great British Beach Clean in Norfolk, register at www.mcsuk.org/greatbritishbeachclean or call 01989 567807.