Twenty-seven years of people coming together to keep Dorset’s coastline clean will be celebrated on Sunday (26 April) with another blitz on the beaches.
Supporting the ‘Litter Free Coast and Sea campaign’ and organised by Dorset County Council’s coastal ranger team, volunteers will be lending a hand at 27 of the county’s beaches. A beach master will be on hand at each location to give out rubbish bags, gloves and instructions.
And local businesses are offering a mouth-watering incentive for those taking part this weekend. Cafes, pubs and restaurants are offering discounted meals to volunteers who lend a hand. There will also be free parking available for volunteers at most sites. Please see the web site and ask your beach master on the day.
Last year an incredible 692 people took part filling 851 bags with rubbish from 25 beaches across the county. The haul included big chunks of metal and a crushed bicycle, an iron girder, a burnt-out mattress, a plastic washing basket and a bath tub.
Jenny Penney, Senior Coastal Ranger for Dorset County Council, said: “The Jurassic Coast Trust is sponsoring this year’s event. It’s vital that we keep cleaning beaches to make them safe for people and wildlife as well as maintaining their beauty. By picking up litter on our beaches, people can make a real difference.
“We are working in partnership with Dorset Waste Partnership to recycle as much litter as possible.”
For more information about the 2015 Great Dorset Beach Clean, including local discounts for beach cleaners visit
www.dorsetforyou.com/greatdorsetbeachclean or call 07977508094.
Beaches, times and meeting point:
Lyme Regis 2 – 4pm Entrance to Slipway, Cobb Harbour
Seatown 10am – noon National Trust Land Rover at Seatown
Eype 10am – noon Eype Beach car park
West Bay- East Beach 2 – 4pm Station Road car park
Burton Bradstock 11am – 1pm Outside Hive Beach Cafe
Cogden Beach 11am – 1pm National Trust Land Rover on Beach
West Bexington 10am – noon Beach car park
Abbotsbury 10am – noon Abbotsbury Beach car park
Chesil Cove 10am – noon Promenade by Cove House Inn
Church Ope Cove 10am – noon On the beach
Ferrybridge 11am – 1pm Chesil Beach Centre
Newton’s Cove 11am – 1pm On the prom
Bowleaze Cove 10am – noon Slipway, Bowleaze Cove
Ringstead Beach & Bay 11am – 1pm Bottom car park at Ringstead
Lulworth Cove 10am – noon At the slipway
Worbarrow Bay & Pondfield Cove 2 – 4pm Follow path to beach from Tyneham car park
Swanage North Beach 11am – 12.30pm Outside The Bull & Boat Restaurant, North end of promenade
Holes Bay, Poole 10.30am – 12.30pm Cycleway by fire station roundabout, Holes Bay
Bournemouth 10am – noon Entrance to Bournemouth Pier on seafront
Friars Cliff, Christchurch 10.30am -12.30pm On wave wall below Steamer Point car park