Adopt a Beach !
Adopt a Beach !
Individuals or groups can volunteer to adopt a particular section of beach to care for its well-being ~ cleaning it and monitoring the debris collected.
Our initiative is based on the fact that our whole beachfront of about 9 kilometres is divided into 94 separate beaches. Each beach has a number on the groyne which divides it from the others. In this way, volunteers can choose to care for the well-being of their own particular beach!
To date, of the 94 beaches, there are no more “orphans” ~ every one of our beaches is adopted!, which is amazing and we would like to thank all the individuals, families, schools and other organisations for taking up this challenge! Several beaches have more than one adopter, one has five!
Our volunteers are beginning to connect with each other through social media channels with WhatsApp and Facebook groups.
Recording sheets are completed and sent in to create a record of the state of our beaches over time; also photos and comments are being shared on our Facebook page.There is a real sense that volunteers are aware that they are part of a UNIQUE enterprise and enjoying the community spirit and forming new friendships.
This is so inspirational and is helping our town to drive onwards with our target of:
"Working towards a Carbon Neutral Town by 2030"
We also organise regular Clean Ups
Together we are a community who love our oceans. We’d like to see them better protected for the future for everyone by building a community through education, volunteering, beach cleans, and campaigns, to create the change we want to see.
On a regular basis, usually once a week, volunteers take a section of beach and clear up some debris. The result is then recorded either with a photo, or as a weight or as a tally of items, noting particularly "interesting" finds. These could be the largest, most surprising, most numerous, for example.
What happens on a Beach Clean ?
It’s refreshingly simple and surprisingly fun!
Say Hello - Just head down at the advertised time, say “hello” to the Clean Leader and you’ll be made to feel extremely welcome.
Kit Up - Once you’ve signed in, grab yourself a pair of gloves and a reusable sack.
Keeping Safe – Your Clean Leader will gather everyone as one big group and make sure everyone knows how to stay safe.
The Problem with Plastic Pollution – Your Clean Leader will speak to everyone for a little while about the threat that plastic pollution poses to our environment, what to look out for during the clean and most importantly – what we can do to tackle it!
The Main Event – The Clean will usually run for two hours, make sure you get back to base in plenty of time to separate your recyclables.
Weird & Wonderful – Keep an eye out for weird, wonderful and old items. It’s always super interesting to discuss how and why they may have got there!
High Fives & Home – The Clean Leader will let you know how much plastic pollution you have removed together and get some great photos of everyone. Hopefully you will have had fun and maybe even made some new friends. Remember to enjoy your time on the beach that weekend and beyond, you’ve earned it!
What else do I need to know ?
What should I bring?
Family, friends, children and even a dog or two. Just make sure you are dressed for the British seaside weather. We have a good amount of gloves, bin bags, buckets and hand wash; but if you’re able to bring your own gloves that means more people can get involved.
Are cleans suitable for children?
They’re designed to be a fun day out for all the family. Make sure the kids are suitably dressed, and if you can bring child-sized gloves for them that will really help. We appreciate that not all young children can sustain two hours of cleaning activity, and you’re welcome to stay for only as long as their boredom threshold allows. You might be surprised how much fun they have though!
Which beach do you want me to clean?
Every single beach is blighted by plastic pollution and deserves our protection; to start with maybe choose a beach that means something to you or alternatively you may be allocated a set beach.
What happens to all the rubbish that's collected?
The Clean Leader will dispose of it safely. We’ll make sure that as much of the plastic as possible will be recycled. In most cases, the local council will have been notified and they will have made arrangements to collect the rubbish you collect.
What happens after the Clean?
You’re part of the Beach Clean family now. We hope you’ll stay in touch with us for many years to come and play a big part in helping us to create Plastic Free Eastbourne. If we have your details, we’ll let you know what’s happening and how you can stay involved.
Contact us to get Involved
Journey of Love
This song and video, Journey of Love, is introduced by Oliver Sterno, Plastic Free Eastbourne Community Leader and was inspired by the people of Ban Krut, Thailand and produced to help change attitudes to single-use plastic and the environment in Eastbourne.
Many thanks to all involved in the production : Words and music written and performed by David Stopp, filmed by Anna Winter and Tom Potter. Enormous help from Andrew Durling and the brilliant, ubiquitous Debris Man was Daniel Mason-Bond