beach 'Big Spring Clean' volunteers needed
are being sought to join a 'Big Spring Beach Clean' on Burnham-On-Sea
beach during April.
The group 'Burnham-On-Sea Surfers Against Sewage' (SAS) representative,
resident and windsurfer Mark Wakeling is asking people to take part
in the Surfers Against Sewage & Ecover Big Spring Beach Clean
which runs from the 3-9 April.
is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday April 9th from 2-4pm,
meeting at Burnham Jetty.
this time there will be more than 400 organised Big Spring Beach
Cleans and thousands of individual mini beach cleans taking place
nationwide involving over 10,000 volunteers.
take part you can either join an organised beach clean, organise
an SAS supported clean or do your own mini beach clean.
everyone who visited the beach just picked up a few bits of plastic
it would make a big difference," says Mark.
you would like to take part in the Big Spring Beach Clean you can
and Mark will contact you with more information. The beach clean
efforts will be posted on social media using the hashtag #BurnhamBeachClean
has already pointed out to us last
month that the big plastic problem on the beach and banks at
the southern end of the town's beach where monthly beach cleans
are already taking place.
there is still a huge clean up effort needed, as this picture here
on the right - taken on March 25th - shows.
applied to be SAS rep for Burnham-On-Sea last August after seeing
the voluntary position advertised. He's been windsurfing on the
Somerset coast for over 25 years and his main beach has been Burnham-On-Sea
since moving here from Weston in 2002.
says: "Burnham is a fantastic location for wind water sports.
Due to its unique location there are some of the best summer thermal
winds in the South West."
main focus at the moment has been Burnham's bathing water quality
- which has failed again to meet bathing standards. He's been in
touch with Wessex Water to discuss this and has attended water quality
steering group meetings with local water users and authorities and
he's also been shown around the sewage treatment works at Highbridge,
Huntspill and Weston to gain a better understanding of how it all
next big focus for 2017 as part of a national campaign from SAS
is plastic on our beaches. To keep up to date with SAS campaigns,
events and future beach cleans, join Marks mailing list here
and the Facebook page here.
If you have any concerns about bathing water quality, come across
any pollution related incidents, want to organise a beach clean
or just say hi, then you can contact Mark.