Volunteers out to clean our beaches

By Richard Wright

Published on Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 09:01


Volunteers out to clean our beaches

Liz Hennessy, left, and Jess Hennessy fill sacks with rubbish. Picture by Peter Boam.

A RUBBISH 'mountain’ was collected by a band of volunteers determined to clean up West Wight beaches.

Fed up with the sight of debris strewn on the beach by the recent storms, Hannah Davies organised the DIY effort.

Hannah, of Medina Road, Newport, said: "The community all pulled together and it turned into something much bigger and better than I could ever have anticipated.

"Local businesses donated bin bags and gloves and Biffa gave bins. Island Roads agreed to help with removal of waste and on the day there were around 200 scouring the beach from Brook beach to Compton.

"It all started with a walk along the beach with my husband and my dog a few days ago and it was such a mess I posted a few pics on Facebook with the message: Compton needs our help.

"And, on Sunday it got that help — from lots and lots of people determined to make a difference.

"HSS Hire provided a free digger so we could get access to Brook beach and a chap called Steve on his quad-bike transported bags of rubbish.

"It was a real family affair and our three children, aged 14, 11 and eight, were among those involved."

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk


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