Fylde Volunteers Remove Over 9 Thousand Bags of Litter From Coast

The amazing volunteers who take part in beach cleans across the Fylde Coast have removed a whopping 9,000 bags of litter over the past year.

Over 380 beach cleans have been done over the last 12 months, with over 900 new volunteers joining the 200 regular beach cleaners in an effort to keep the beaches of the Fylde Coast clean and safe.Volunteers on beach

The award-winning LOVEmyBEACH volunteers go down to the beach to remove litter and waste come rain or shine and their efforts have been acknowledged in the receipt of two awards. They were collectively named Local Heroes in celebration of Blackpool Tower’s 125th Anniversary and we were nominated as Community Project of the Year, which goes to show what an important impact they have on their local community and environment.

“These are really remarkable achievements from a dedicated team of wonderful people who give their free time to protecting our beaches, our communities and our planet as a whole,” said Zephie Begolo, LOVEmyBEACH Campaign Manager. “This means that tonnes of litter has now been saved from the beach and the sea, which would otherwise pollute the ocean and do serious harm to wildlife. We can’t thank our volunteers enough for everything they do.”

Over 900 school and college students took part in beach cleans this year, as well as over 50 corporate groups, showing that everyone can get involved. Overall, there were over 12 thousand volunteer hours dedicated to removing litter from the beach – that’s a lot of cleaning!

Emily Parr, Fylde BeachCare Officer commented: “It’s been another successful year on the Fylde Coast for LOVEmyBEACH, thanks to the tireless dedication of our volunteers. The number of beach clean events, volunteer hours donated and the amount of litter removed from the coastline is extraordinary!
“The efforts of our wonderful volunteers were recognised with two awards this year and it is thanks to all those involved that we are able to raise awareness of the importance of cleaner and safer beaches to an ever growing audience.”
The full report detailing the successes of the LOVEmyBEACH project on the Fylde Coast this year can be viewed here: https://lovemybeach.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Fylde-BeachCare-End-of-Year-Report-2019-20.pdf