Sully Bay in Sully, Penarth will be receiving a thorough clean on Saturday October 19th as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) annual Great British Beach Clean events.
The UK’s leading marine charity is urging local volunteers to join Sully Village Group at Sully Beach - one of hundreds of clean-ups taking place on beaches along the UK coastline.
Volunteers taking part in the Great British Beach Clean will also record the litter they find, contributing to valuable data which has helped MCS change policy and behaviours. The 5p carrier bag charge, a ban on microbeads in wash-off products and the reduction in the use of plastic straws have all been informed by compelling evidence gathered over decades by volunteers at MCS beach cleans.
Sully Village Group is organising the Sully Bay clean-up. Their first ever beach clean and hopefully the first of many “I would like to see more volunteers than ever before lend a hand to make this latest clean the biggest yet. The event is more than just a beach clean – it’s a fun and informative social occasion to spend time enjoying and caring for the UK’s coast.” – Hannah (SVG Co-Chair).
Lizzie Prior, MCS Beachwatch Officer said: “Beach litter is a serious environmental problem, but the solution is in our hands. We want the 26th Great British Beach Clean weekend to be the biggest ever. The BBC’s Blue Planet II and subsequent programmes have given the UK public a real understanding of the pollution crisis facing our oceans and now people want to make a difference. The more volunteers we have, the better it’ll be for our seas.”
MCS beach clean surveys have recorded a steady increase in the amount of beach litter since 1994. The four main sources of litter found on UK beaches come from the public, fishing, sanitary waste (particularly cotton bud sticks) and shipping.
Join the SVG volunteers at the Jubilee Hall, Smithies Avenue on Saturday October 19that 1.30pm and take part in an event that will not only make the beach look great for visitors, but will also help MCS identify where the litter comes from and try to stop it at source. Equipment will be provided and there will be refreshments afterwards in the hall.
Volunteers can register online at https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch and via the Sully Village Group page where you will find the event page or speak with Hannah directly – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Bevan Mohaffel (Sully Village Group Co-Chair)
MCS Beachwatch Officer: Lizzie Prior – 01989 561577