Beach clean adventures in Abersoch

Joules beach clean in Abersoch
Joules beach clean in Abersoch
Joules beach clean in Abersoch
Joules beach clean in Abersoch

Last Saturday, while the rest of the UK was covered in cloud and experiencing yet another dull day of drizzle, the sun seemed to shine in just one single spot … Abersoch. And wasn't that handy as that’s exactly where we were, hanging out with Joules and the Marine Conservation Society, and lending a helping hand to collect litter and protect the great British coastline.

With my eldest on the school eco-committee and both boys keen to apply for a green Blue Peter badge, when I asked them if the wanted to join in with the beach clean, their answer was a resounding ‘YES’. I didn’t even have to persuade them with the promise of ice cream, would you believe?!

Paul couldn’t come with us on the day as he was flying across the Atlantic but my mum and dad filled his shoes; one bringing polo mints and the other supplying piggy backs for tired legs, so sorry Paul, you weren’t missed all that much.

We were a group of approximately thirty all in all and, armed with bags, gloves, litter pickers and clipboards, we combed a 100 metre stretch of beach. At first glance, there was hardly any litter in sight but the 8 kilograms we ended up collecting, told a different story. Bits of plastic, glass bottles, cigarette butts and random packaging formed the most part of it, along with a Twix wrapper with 17p stamped upon it. Anyone remember paying 17p for a Twix? Back in the late 80s or early 90s perhaps? Horrifying, right?

If you’d like to join in with a beach clean, The Great British Beach Clean, organised by the Marine Conservation Society, is talking place September 20th to 23rd. It’s the biggest beach clean and survey in the UK and you can get involved at a whole host of beaches - find a beach clean near you. I think we’ll be doing the Llandudno one. Let me know if you’re planning on joining in!

Joules beach clean in Abersoch
Joules beach clean in Abersoch
Joules beach clean in Abersoch
Joules beach clean in Abersoch
Joules beach clean in Abersoch
Joules beach clean in Abersoch
Joules beach clean in Abersoch
Joules beach clean in Abersoch
Joules beach clean in Abersoch