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Holes Bay Gets A Clean Up

A team of 40 local volunteers have helped turn the tide on litter.

Volunteers filled over 70 refuse sacks with waste collected during a beach clean along Holes Bay shore and cycle path on 21 September.

The clean up was part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Big Beachwatch Weekend.

Local volunteers participate in Holes Bay beach clean
Local volunteers participate in Holes Bay beach clean

Led by Borough of Poole, volunteers came from local church groups, local Asda store, Councillors, Poole Harbour Canoe Club and their families to help collect rubbish from the shoreline. Members of the Poole Harbour Canoe Club provided extra help by paddling to the hard to reach places including Pergin’s Island.

Rubbish collected along a 20 metre stretch of beach has been recorded and this data will be fed into a nationwide survey. The data will help MCS identify the main sources of litter and to keep the issue of the dangers of marine litter high on the local agenda. Previous survey results have helped influence the changes to laws on the disposing of waste at sea and resulted in better sewage treatment at the coast.

This beach litter survey recorded a total of 569 items. Top items found on the day included crisp, sweet and sandwich wrappers and small pieces of plastic.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, who participated in the beach clean, said: "These beach cleans are vital. Beach litter isn’t just unsightly, it can also be very dangerous to both humans and wildlife. So it was fantastic to see so many people take part in this beach clean. It just goes to show how committed people in Poole are to making sure the area remains attractive and appealing. This event was a great success and a huge thank you must go to everyone who gave up their time to help."

If you would like to get involved in future events, please see www.boroughofpoole.com/events.