April 13, 2011
photos: National Trust volunteers complete Brean beach clean
20 volunteers from the National Trust held a mass beach clean
at Brean on Wednesday (April 13th).
The trust's volunteers took part in the first of 27 beach cleans
taking place across the South West during April.
Sackfuls of waste and rubbish were collected next to Brean Down
over the course of six hours.
Trust says the amount of litter on south west beaches has increased
146% since 1994. It
says that not only can litter be a health hazard and put off tourists,
but it is estimated that thousands of marine animals die every
year from entanglement or ingestion of plastics.
Dyke, National Trust Coast and Marine Adviser based in the South
West, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This was the first major
beach clean of the season and certainly one of the largest."
thanked the volunteers who took part in Wednesday's clean-up.
"Our annual clean-up has become incredibly popular with local
people and with 27 different beach cleans to undertake we could
not manage it without their support."