Posted by: KimBoland | July 22, 2016

3 miles of Rhossili Beach cleaned ready for summer

Rhossili Bay brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to Gower every year, drawn by the claims that its the best beach in the UK and the 9th best in the world. But what if they went home with memories of rubbish strewn sands? They wouldn’t be back in a hurry.

National Trust looks after the beach at Rhossili and picking up rubbish is a never ending job, but in the last few weeks they’ve had lots of helping hands.

Penyrheol Pupils hard at work

Pupils from Penyrheol and  Gowerton  Comprehensives and Ysgol  Gyfun Gwyr all helped to remove rubbish from the whole 3 mile stretch of golden sand, as part of the community challenge section of the  Welsh Baccalaureate.

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“It’s been a real community effort” said Kathryn Thomas, the National Trust Rhossili Ranger. “With jobs like this what you need is strength in numbers and we certainly had that with each school bringing between 120 and 190 pairs of willing hands. As well as the school groups, we also had a group of Lloyds bank employees help. Hill End campsite were also there to lend a hand and support us in keeping the beach clean all year round, by allowing us access through the campsite, to the beach”.

“On the final day, our mission to litter pick the whole beach (including non NT land at Burry Holmes) was successfully completed and we even had time to create some sand art with an environmental message. The pupils not only did something about the problem, they appreciated that not only does litter spoil a beautiful area, it’s also a threat to wildlife. And it’s really simple to reduce the problem in the first place. If everyone took their rubbish home for recycling and stopped flushing non-flushable items down the toilet, there would be less rubbish on our beaches”.

gyfun gwyr litter pick 2

There will be regular litter picks on many National Trust beaches throughout the summer and anyone, who’d like to get involved, should get in touch on 01792 390636

Every Sunday there will be mini beach cleans and sandcastle competitions at Rhossili as part of a packed summer of free activities. See Facebook for details.

The National Trust also invites volunteers to take part in National Beach Watch Day at Rhossili, This event takes place every September, working in partnership with Marine Conservation Society. This year’s Beach Watch will take place on Sunday 18th September between 11am and 2pm.

 

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