Beaufort helps clean up South Wales beach

With the end of the summer upon us and a spell of good weather ahead, we organised a staff away-day helping the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

We took part in the Great British Beach Clean 2014: an opportunity for Beaufort staff to get involved with a worthwhile cause working as a team in the great outdoors. The event was a UK-wide activity with some 10,000 volunteers expected to take part.

On arrival at Rest Bay in Porthcawl, we and other volunteers were greeted by a MCS member of staff and reporters from BBC Radio Wales who were recording a piece for their Sunday morning Country Focus rural affairs programme. We split into teams and were tasked with collecting and recording litter within a 100m stretch of the beach.
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On first sight, we didn’t think there would be much to do, but once we began our forensic sweep among the stones and among seaweed, we soon realised that there was a huge amount of litter on the beach, mostly small items of plastic and rope / fishing net. In just one hour volunteers collected a whopping 67kg of litter ranging from party poppers to (spent) shotgun cartridges - a satisfying haul.

We were rewarded for our efforts with excellent fish and chips at Porthcawl’s renowned family-run fish and chip restaurant Beales.

Fiona McAllister, MD at Beaufort commented: “Our staff helped to decide on what they would like to do for an away-day and it was great to be able to do something for the environment as a team. MCS certainly opened our eyes to the issue of litter on our beaches, and how we can all do our bit to help”.

 

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