THE biggest voluntary beach clean-up the area has ever seen is about to happen and your help is needed.
What started off as a litter-pick by one man five years ago has grown to a huge marine clear-up around Portsmouth Harbour.
There are 16 simultaneous litter-picks taking place from 10am on June 6 in Round the Harbour Clean Up – but more are needed to give our shoreline the attention it deserves.
Co-ordinator Graham Smith is urging individuals, businesses and community groups across the area, particularly in Portsmouth, to get involved.
He said: ‘I’m always looking for new ways to inspire people, to get them involved in caring for their own area.
‘I’ve always been concerned about litter.
‘Through Round the Harbour Clean Up we’re trying to get the message across about how damaging it is to marine life when litter is thrown in the sea.
‘Plastic in the ocean kills marine and wildlife. We want to change people’s behaviour.
‘At this time of year in particular, when people go down to the beach, we want people to act responsibly.’
Volunteers from the Green Party, community groups, disability charities, scouts, and McDonald’s are organising events across Gosport and Fareham.
But a big push is needed in Portsmouth too.
Mr Smith said: ‘We want to spread this as far as possible.
‘We haven’t had too much success in Portsmouth so far so we are looking for people to set up their own litter picks and fill in the gaps. If someone lives near a stretch of the harbour, join in.
‘The more people we get involved, the bigger the impact on the environment.
‘And, just as importantly, the more awareness we will raise. We need to build up momentum.’
From 9.30am on the morning of the litter-pick musicians and entertainers will be performing in Falklands Gardens, near the boat yard, in Gosport.
For more information about the litter picks, or to organise your own event, go to bit.ly/1J1mmcR or call Mr Smith on 07584 634336.
All events start at 10am
Haslar Marina, Gosport – meet at Walpole Park children’s play area
Forton Creek, Gosport
Hill Head, Lee-on-the-Solent – meet at Hill Head Sailing Club
Stokes Bay, Alverstoke – meet at the Splash Pool
Gosport Park / Stoke Lake – meet at Gosport & Fareham Rugby Club
Walpole Park / Haslar Lake – meet at children’s play area
Walpole Creek – meet at the playground
Alver Bridge –meet at rear of Old Road
Lee-on-the-Solent – meet at Olympia Amusements
Lower Quay, Fareham
WicorMarine Yacht Haven – meet at Cams Mill, Fareham
Quay Lane, Elson
The Hard, Portsmouth – meet at entrance to Historic Dockyard.
North side of the Millennium Bridge, Gosport