Beach cleaning and beach combing
We hold community beach cleans approximately once a month, and these are generally attended by between 20 and 60 volunteers, who remove hundreds of sacks of harmful plastic waste from our small part of the Cornish coast each year.
We also run one-off beach cleaning sessions with other groups, including schools, foreign volunteers, pensioners’ groups, etc. and for corporate away days.
Rame Peninsula Beach Care beach cleans have become not just an opportunity for people to feel they are helping to protect the local environment, but are also great social occasions and a chance to catch up and discuss ideas with like-minded folk we often don’t get a chance to see over the rest of the month.
Our beach cleans are insured, leaders are first aid trained, all equipment is provided and arrangements are made with Cornwall Council for the collected waste to be removed and – where possible – recycled.
The steep cliff paths up from the beaches of Whitsand can pose a real challenge when there is a lot of debris to remove. We are very thankful to Jim Shekhdar from the Eddystone Café at Tregonhawke for use of his hoist to winch waste up from the beach, MoD contractor Keith Hill for driving loads of rubbish and ghost net up from the beach at Tregantle, and the RNLI lifeguards who also assist us when they can in the summer months. Without their help we could not remove nearly as much marine litter. We are also very grateful to BeachCare (Keep Britain Tidy) for providing us with equipment, first aid training and support.
Find out about our next beach cleans on our Events page.
Our hard work helps to preserve the beautiful beaches of the Rame Peninsula