PEOPLE have been volunteering their time to tidy up the beach in Lee-on-the-Solent in time for the spring.
Members of the Lee-on-the-Solent Litter Action and Marine Conservation Society gathered outside the Olympia Amusement Arcade in the town on Saturday morning to take part in the beach clean and litter survey.
A total of eight bags of rubbish were collected and included unusual items such as timber and even a safe which had been washed along the beach.
David Ede is a member of the society and was one of the volunteers. He said: ‘It’s just to make the place a lot tidier ready for the spring.
‘We continually get things deposited on the beach.
‘Doing this just improves the look of the seafront.’
Mr Ede said there was a lot of rubbish that was probably swept along the seafront with the recent strong winds.
‘With the very turbulent weather we have had recently, you just don’t know where it has all come from,’ he said.
‘Several times on Saturday people thanked us for what we were doing. We try to keep the place looking neat and tidy and clean.
‘We will never completely eradicate it but doing this just improves the look of the place.
‘It’s important to get the feeling we are helping to do something.’
Mr Ede insists it’s vital that youngsters know the importance of putting litter in the bin.
‘Unfortunately with a lot of the children they aren’t aware of how important it is these days, particularly with plastic containers,’ he added.