Thursday, 3 October 2013

Cleaning the beach


Every spring and autumn stretches of beach are cleaned with the help of volunteers. Removing items  that have been washed up on the beach or left by visitors the weekend before last we went along to help out....


It always amazes me how much rubbish gets washed ashore. The sculpture to the left of Daisy was made from items that have been found on the beach. Someone must have been very sad to loose that teddy!


In the past we have always helped along the Chesil beach, this time we went to our local beach at Bowleaze. These ropes have become so entwined within the rocks that they were impossible to move.


We had to record everything we picked up, there appeared to be less items that had been thrown over board from passing ships.


Plastic is one of the worst problems- this plastic bag had filled with sand and water and was impossible to move all in one piece. All this plastic below has been retrieved from the beach and has been made into a display to try to educate people.



Children from a local school created these characters!


The beach did look so much cleaner by the time everyone had finished!


Wishing you all a very happy weekend. 
Sarah x

43 comments:

  1. Good for all of you! so glad your efforts are rewarded with the beach looking cleaner. Lovely to see the rubbish being reused into those cool characters too x

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  2. It's so good of you to help with the cleanup. It's very important to keep the beaches clean. I haven't been to a beach in a long time but it's always disappointing when you visit one with a lot of debris around and it's so terrible for the wildlife.

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  3. Our beach is relatively clean because there are a bunch of us who pick up daily. There are no bathrooms near our beach so it isn't a popular visitor beach. The people who live on and love the beach keep it pretty good.

    Thanks for doing your part for the ocean.

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  4. Hello Sarah, Wow a huge amount of rubbish indeed. It seems unreal people would leave behind all that stuff on such a beautiful beach... Good for you all that care and pick it all up.. Hugs Judy

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  5. Cleaning the beach is like doing the Laundry just as you think it is all done some more appears. Every time I have a stroll onto the beach by our cottage in Scotland I come back with a few bits and pieces of rubbish mainly plastic bottles. I think the locals get together once a year for a major clean up - but I like to do my bit in between.

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  6. Cheers for your cleaning efforts, Sarah! There are scheduled beach clean ups happening here in Oregon as well. I appreciate your efforts to care for one of my favorite spots on earth...where ocean meets shore :)
    Gracie xx

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  7. Hi Sarah, we have similar beach cleanups here, although I collect rubbish from a small beach that I visit at least once a week. It's such a habit now, that I find it hard to walk by a piece rubbish on any beach. Some of it even comes home with me (much to the hubby's horror!) as I know 'one day' it'll be used for art installations. Thankfully we're off to a beach holiday this weekend, were I doubt I'll find much rubbish at all, so will be able to relax! S:)

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  8. It really makes you think about the over use of plastic in packaging etc doesn't it? Loved your lounge freshen up in your last post. Have a lovely weekend xo

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  9. So lovely to see everyone joining together to look after this beautiful place. Well done you! There's a lot of litter busting where I live, and it really makes a difference I think.

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  10. It's a shame at this point on our planet people still feel the need to litter. Your group did a great service!

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  11. It's so good that the beaches get a clean up like this and I too am amazed at the litter and things that get washed up on the beaches. I have to admit when we were in Wales recently we took a bag with us and picked up litter and took it up to the nearest bin or recycling boxes. x

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  12. That's a great idea getting everyone to lend a hand in the clear up, I ought to find out if a similar thing happens along our local coast. Have a great weekend Sarah. x

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  13. That is such a worthwhile way to spend some of your precious weekend, but what a pity that people are so casual with their litter and disregard our beautiful seas and beaches. The plastic and the ropes are very dangerous to the creatures that live in and around our seas.

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  14. Plastic is disgusting stuff isn't it? I can't bear the thought of that enormous island of floating rubbish out at sea in the Pacific which is too big to move. Well done you guys for doing something positive to combat the muck on the beach :-)

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  15. Well done, Sarah. I recently heard a documentary about plastic waste and how it is invading everything in nano-sized particles, even our food cycle. Also your laundry water carries them when the clothes are made of synthetic fabrics. There is no way they can be cleaned away in any water treatment plant so we are stuck with them. It is a great thing to clean the visible waste away but the nano-waste in the oceans and all around us is what really worries me.

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  16. I'd love to volunteer for this, well done....I wish people would be more respectful o this world! :) x

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  17. Good morning special friends! DAISY GIRL! THERE YOU ARE !!! I bet she was a great cleaner-upper! Oh how beautiful she looks, Sarah! And that work of art next to her; it is astounding how much refuse people leave behind in their wake, then the ocean has to deal with it. What a great program to gather volunteers to take care of one of our most important resources.

    Thank you dear friend for coming to comment. May the rain wash away the unnecessary things and only ring out peace in your part of the world. Anita

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  18. If only everyone was as conscientous as you are - our wonderful coastline deserves a bit more respect.

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  19. Wow, good for you to get on an clean up our beaches. It seems such a global problem too, It's a shjame that it's left for a few to clean up after so many. Well done for your efforts:)

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  20. Well done to you all for removing the litter. I do hate the damage it does to wildlife. It is good to see that the local children are learning about this, too

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  21. What a terrific thing to do! It's a great idea to gather it all up in one place too, so people can see how much litter there was. Hopefully it will make everyone think twice, and find a rubbish bin instead of just throwing their garbage on the ground. I suppose the bigger problem though is what is discarded from boats and eventually finds its way to shore.

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  22. That is so nice of you both, and Daisy, to volunteer your time to help out with the community. Plastics are definitely THE WORST...

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  23. Hi Sarah, what a lovely way to be involved in your local community. I think we take it for granted when we visit pristine beaches...the work that goes on behind the scenes is often forgotten about. And thank you for always leaving lovely comments on my blog. Have a lovely weekend! Sharon xx

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  24. Happens a lot here too Sarah, good folk meeting up to clean the beaches. I am horrified at the amount of marine litter floating in the seas like huge plastic icebergs. I so wish people wouldn't put nappies, sanitary products and cotton buds down the loo. I follow the campaigns of Surfers Against Sewage as those guys get quite ill due to our overworked and under funded sewage systems.

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  25. Fantastic! You did such a good and valuable job! The art made out of the things you found is an attractive way to show people to be more careful! In Switzerland using those little plastic bags is forbidden since December 2012 - the implementation of the law is problematic though. We are hoping to find a solution soon! Your post shows me once again why it is so important. Have a lovely weekend! Christa

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  26. What an imaginative beach clean! Well done!

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  27. Hi Sarah, love the beachcomber art. Well done on helping with such an important job....I don't understand how people can drop litter.
    I'm familiar with this beach as we have stayed at Waterside a couple of times.
    You live in a gorgeous part of the world.
    Jacquie x

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  28. You did a great job. Did daisy help you:) lovely dutch greetings

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    1. No Daisy didn't help us on the day, she would have liked to have joined in !!
      Sarah x

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  29. What a fantastic initiative but at the same time what a shame it is needed, if people only bothered to use the bins available or to take their rubbish home with them.

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  30. Thank goodness for people like you who are prepared to clean up! Its so sad that people still dont clean up after themselves anyway.Looks good now though, lets hope it stays that way.

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  31. Well done you.. It was always a problem on our local beach in Cornwall too, plastic everywhere...I don't know how people can just walk past without picking it up.
    Just amazing sculptures though
    Thea x

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  32. What a great idea, all that plastic is terrible and make me so angry. The displays are so clever and hopefully will educate the young and old.

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  33. Dear Sarah,

    So great what you have done here and amazing what can be done with a working bee - love all the wonderful sculptures.
    We do the same thing here too and it is amazing the rubbish that is washed up on the beach. Often comes from off the boats when things get washed overboard.
    Wishing you a happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  34. Such wonderful work by dedicated people and something that I guess most people don't realise is going on out there. In London there is a similar scheme to clear the foreshore of the Thames of all the rubbish that gets dumped.
    Patricia x

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  35. How great that you can help out, but what a shame people still litter.

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  36. The sculpture is brilliant, littering not. Well done for doing your bit.

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  37. I am so glad there are people like you who are willing to help clean up after others. I hope each generation becomes more aware and thoughtful of the earth and others.

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  38. What sterling work you all did ... litter on the beach bugs me too, it's so unnecessary. Love the sculptures :)

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  39. It's amazing how much litter was picked up. Looks like Daisy was busy out their too. Have a wonderful week.

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  40. I find there are certain stretches of beach round here that seem to trap things brought in by the sea and in those short spaces I think I'd give up if I had to record everything I found. There's a place on The Fleet where I used to walk often which used to have lots of bits of broken china (maybe it still does).

    I like your new design. I tried to try a black background for Message in a Milk Bottle but couldn't get the central section to go anything other than dark grey. I don't know if it would have been right for my photos but maybe I should try the 'Awesome' template to find out.

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    1. I think I remember the place along the Fleet that had china pieces, will have to look out for them next time we go out that way. Thanks for the comments about the design. I can't remember what view I used. I was just playing around and found this colour!
      Sarah x

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  41. ~ I liked that you take part in the care of your beach....I feel us blogging friends know your beaches so well....From all your wonderful pictures, Sarah! LOVE the sculpture....and poor Ted.....Wonder if any little peeps is missing him...Hugs Maria x

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