VOLUNTEERS were out in force making sure a beach was looking its best
Around 26 people from Lee-on-the-Solent Litter Action were at the clean-up on Saturday morning, including Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP, pictured below.
He said: ‘It’s brilliant to see so many people getting involved in cleaning up this fantastic beach.
‘We know that marine animals suffer because of waste ending up in the sea.
‘That’s why events like this are vital.
‘It’s vital that we take action to reduce the amount of waste we all produce to keep our seas and beaches litter free.
‘That’s why I’m proud that Greens in the European Parliament have been at the forefront of efforts to cut down plastic bag use, to reduce the harm done to our marine environment.’
Graham Smith is the co-ordinator of Lee-on-the-Solent Litter Action and he helped to organise the event.
He said: ‘What we’re finding is that after the winter storms there is a lot of plastic and fishing cords and a lot of rubbish. It shows the state of the sea.
‘The council has started to do a good job of clearing it up.
‘There was a good turnout considering the weather wasn’t inviting,’
Mr Smith said it was important that people get together to help clean the beach.
‘As volunteers we are supporting the council,’ he said.
‘A lot of people who live by the coast do go out by themselves.
‘People often walk along picking up rubbish.’
He added: ‘We are also raising awareness. People see us doing it and it gives us the opportunity to talk about it.’
The beach at Warsash is also looking cleaner after a group of volunteers took part in a litter pick.
The group Surfers Against Sewage meets every year to take part in a beach clean-up.
On Saturday, around 40 people turned up to help fill up bags of rubbish.
Tim Leroy was one of the volunteers.
He said: ‘It’s getting bigger. We do this every year. It was great. I would have been pleased if a dozen people turned up but there were about 40.
‘It was a real cross-section of the community.
‘There were students and members of the sailing club.’
The group cleaned a stretch of the Warsash foreshore known to some as Kipper’s Pond, between The Rising Sun pub and the Maritime College.
Tim added: ‘If you take care of your little area it’s a much nicer place to live in.
‘We are going to do it again in June.’