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Volunteers clear Penhale beach of storm debris

By WBEsme  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

  • Before: Penhale beach before the clean-up.

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Diligent volunteers have cleared more than 100 bags of rubbish from Penhale beach.

Local residents and members of the charity The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) met to tidy Penhale beach on Tuesday after recent storms washed up a mass of litter.

Armed with bags and picking sticks, the 19 volunteers collected more than 100 bags of rubbish including plastic bags, fishing nets and even the odd shoe.

The clean-up, which gained momentum through the social media sites Twitter and Facebook, has made the sand safe for beach goes and dog walkers.

Tom David, senior practical projects officer at TVC, said: “It’s so important to keep the beach clean. The mess was unbelievable and it was posing a serious threat to the wildlife, as well as making the beach unsafe and unpleasant for visitors.

The volunteers had to work quickly before the tide turned, but all said their hard work was worth it.

Mr David said: “You can look back at the end of the day and see a completely different beach behind you. When we started, we barely see the beach itself because of all the rubbish, but thanks to the hard work of everyone here, the beach is in a much better state.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped today for making such a difference to the local area – they should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

TCV Cornwall is asking to anyone who visits Penhale beach to pick stray pieces litter and leave it at the public access sign by the military camp for the charity to collect and dispose of.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  January 16 2014, 5:22PM

    According to the Duchy of Cornwall officers the Duchy ownership extends up to the Mean High Water mark, so, come on Charlie, get YOUR workers out there, if this rubbish was washed up by the sea then it must be below the high water mark!

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