Volunteers collect a sea of waste during beach clean

Beach clean at Boulmer on Saturday
Beach clean at Boulmer on Saturday

Tyres, broken lobster pots, a metal barbecue grill, fishing wire and a sea of plastic items – these were among the haul collected during a beach clean at Boulmer.

Nineteen volunteers turned out for the tidy, which resulted in 107 kilos of rubbish and sewerage debris being picked up.

Beach clean at Boulmer on Saturday

Beach clean at Boulmer on Saturday

Members from Alnwick Rotary Club and Alnwick Sea Swimmers, as well as residents and a representative from Northumberland Wildlife Trust took part. A beach survey was also conducted.

Eleanor Phillips, from Loughoughton, was one of the volunteers. She said: “It was a productive morning laying waste to the waste. The haul was massive. All of the pickers did a fantastic job of hauling 107 kilos of rubbish – that’s 16.8 stones or 235 bags of sugar – off the beach.”

Eleanor is part of the Marine Conservation Society and said that rubbish at Boulmer is a big problem.

She said: “I pick rubbish off the beach on a daily basis and continue to be shocked at the large amount of pollution on the beach each and every day.

“Just a few days after the beach clean, I picked another 5.6 kilos of plastics.”

Eleanor is organising another Boulmer beach clean on Saturday, July 19, from 10.30am.

Another clean at the beach will take place on Saturday, September 20, also 10.30am.

To raise awareness, Eleanor has created the Facebook page, Boulmer Beach’s Rubbish. For more details, call her on 07843 380886.

Thanks have been given to Northumberland County Council for providing bin bags and pickers and to MKM Building Supplies for donating rubble sacks for the recent tidy-up.