ORGANISERS of a big clean up were happy with the result but insist more needs to be done to look after the shoreline.
Graham Smith was overjoyed when more than 250 people took park with more than half going to Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent.
It was encouraging to see so many volunteers taking part in the clean-up.Graham Smith
Last weekend, 252 people descended on to the beaches in Fareham, Portsmouth and Gosport.
The largest event was at Stokes Bay with 61 people turning up. Gosport had a total of 187 people at nine locations.
The only Portsmouth location The Hard had 35 people join in with 30 people attending the two clean-ups in Fareham.
Mr Smith said: ‘It was encouraging to see so many volunteers taking part in the clean-up.
‘But I do think there needs to be more attention paid to our beaches.
‘During the summer months, the shorelines are very clean but in winter, the councils could use more resources to keep them tidy.
‘In Gosport, we’re quite lucky because the council is good at keeping the shoreline clean.
‘There are inland creeks which sometimes get missed but the council is very good.
‘In other places, the councils will hopefully see the litter picks as more than just an event.
‘It’s important to keep the harbours clean.
‘But this year’s clean up was a test on what we want to do in the future and we do want to get bigger and make it more about than just picking up litter.’
The Round the Harbour Clean-Up invited people to get creative with the litter-pick and Mr Smith hopes to build on this.
He added: ‘I want it to be more about creativity than people just picking up litter.
‘I want to encourage more young people to get involved and getting creative and artistic would be the way to do this.
‘We want to build on this year’s success and make next year even better making the emphasis on music and art.’
Mr Smith added that the clean-up was a great opportunity for other environment groups and litter organisations to get together and swap numbers.
‘Part of the reason why I think the event was successful was down to the fact that a lot of groups had come together,’ he said.
‘They have been networking and meeting up and if they can take care of our beaches and other areas throughout the year, then that would be fantastic.’
A meeting is being put on to reflect on the success of the Round the Harbour Clean-up and what can be done to improve it.
It is being held at The Boat House Café, Gosport Marina, Mumby Road, on June 23 at 6pm.