Published: April 13, 2011
In photos: National Trust volunteers complete Brean beach clean

Over 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.

The 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.

Phil Dyke, National Trust Coast and Marine Adviser based in the South West, told "This was the first major beach clean of the season and certainly one of the largest."

He 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."


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