Yesterday, the National Trust Ranger team were joined by an army of volunteers helping to clean up beaches on the Durham Coast near Seaham.
Volunteers from Northumbrian Water Ltd and Durham Wildlife Trust braved the fog and persistent rain to collect a massive 130 bags of rubbish from Blast and Hawthorn beach, on this stretch of the Durham Heritage Coast.
National surveys suggest that there are nearly 200 items of litter for every kilometre of beach, and this litter has a huge impact on the environment. It kills wildlife, looks disgusting, is a hazard to our health and costs millions to clear up.
It was great to see people taking time out of work to help make a big difference to this part of the coastline. Clearing litter benefits everyone so it’s nice when organisations can work together as a team to achieve results.
The event was organised as part of CSV Make a Difference Day (MADD) – an annual event which provides opportunities for thousands of people to volunteer in activities across the country. Events take place from 20th October- 4th November. The biggest single day of volunteering happens on Saturday 27th October (more information www.csv.org.uk/difference)
A big thank you to our volunteers from National Trust, Northumbrian Water Ltd, Durham Wildlife Trust, and Durham Heritage Coast Partnership for their support!