The Northumberland Coast Care project welcomed 70 volunteers at four beaches to take part in the Great British Beach Clean, with nearly 100kg of rubbish cleared.
Tim Morton, Coast Care coordinator, was overwhelmed with the support shown.
“We were really pleased to see so many volunteers turn up at our beach cleans in Berwick, Beadnell, Bamburgh and Alnmouth,” he said. “Everyone got stuck in, kept smiling and made a real difference to the cleanliness of our beaches.
“Sadly, much of the waste collected was avoidable; we collected far too many dog poo bags, wet wipes and food and drink containers, many within sight of rubbish bins. I’d urge everyone who visits our wonderful beaches to take their rubbish home or use the bins near the beaches”.
The Coast Care surveys will feed into data being gathered by the Marine Conservation Society from beaches all around the UK, and will provide valuable information about the waste and litter in our natural environment.
Coast Care is a new volunteering project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund which will recruit people to protect and conserve the environment of the Northumberland Coast. Activities will include conservation, wildlife surveys, site protection, photography and guided walks. More information and details can be found at www.coast-care.co.uk