Great Dorset Beach Clean 21 April 2013
The Great Dorset Beach Clean took place on Sunday 21 April 2013.
Over 900 volunteers cleaned our great Dorset beaches.
There was an incredible response by volunteers to the Great Dorset Beach Clean on Sunday 21 April 2013. Altogether, 923 people (721adults/202 children) spread themselves across 24 beaches of the Dorset coast. The volunteers at Holes Bay collected the largest number of sacks (70) and in general all beaches had a high turn out of volunteers, with 79 people helping at Friar's Cliff, Christchurch.
Odd items found during the clean included a giant fishing Ariel, 25-litre container of sump oil, a large horseshoe floatation device, an empty cash box from a car park ticket machine, a wheely bin lid, inflatable dingy and a home made trolley.
"I am overwhelmed with this year's response by volunteers. It is just fabulous that people are donating their time to help to clean up the beaches along the coastline." said Jenny Penney, Coordinator of the Great Dorset Beach Clean on behalf of Dorset Coastal Ranger team at Dorset County Council and supporting the Litter Free Coast and Sea initiative.
"There were a great number of groups (pdf, 13kb) (opens in a new window) who took part this year. One group, Dairy Crest from Chard were enthused when they saw rubbish floating along the river past their workplace and knew that it was going to end up on their local beach. It is wonderful that people and businesses are making the direct connection between waste that is discarded and our environment. At West Bay a whole bundle of fishing gut and hooks were collected and at Seatown there was a lot of dog mess. One volunteer commented, 'This could have been taken up by a small child!'"
A huge thank you goes to all the groups, families and individuals that helped in this year's Great Dorset Beach Clean. Our thanks also go to all those establishments which offered discounts to the volunteers who took part, and to all our supporters.
The next beach clean will take place on Sunday 22 September, and we'll update this page as information becomes available.
- Borough of Poole
- Bowleaze Seafront Café
- Bournemouth Seafront
- Cefas, Weymouth
- Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
- Christchurch Borough Council
- Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Dorset County Council
- Dorset Waste Partnership
- Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Ferrybridge
- Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge
- Hyland's End Fa Holiday Park
- Jurassic Coast
- Keyline Builders Merchants, Poole
- Litter Free Coast & Sea - Dorset Coast Forum
- Lulworth Heritage Coast Centre
- PGL Osmington
- Purbeck District Council
- Swanage Town Council
- Symphony Environmental Ltd
- The National Trust
- West Dorset District Council
- Weymouth & Portland Borough Council
- Wild About Weymouth & Portland
Results of the April 2013 Great Dorset Beach Clean
There was an incredible response by volunteers to the Great Dorset Beach Clean on Sunday 21 April 2013.
Great Dorset Beach Clean - lunch venues
Local cafés, pubs and restaurants offered discounts, exclusively for the Great Dorset Beach Clean on Sunday April 21 2013.