Great British Beach Clean Event - 2023

Andy Laverick

Join this beach clean to help us stop harmful litter from reaching the ocean and collect vital data that we can use to bring about positive change for our seas.

  • Beach stretch:

    Formby (Freshfields)

  • Date and time:

    17 Sep 2023, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Meeting point:

    Meet in beach car park by wooden bin sheds. Look out for the MCS sail flags!!!

  • Capacity:

    100 volunteers - 25 spaces left

  • School friendly?


A map showing the Formby (Freshfields) beach stretch plotted on it


For larger groups (4+ people) either from a workplace or a school, you must contact the organiser on the following email address: (at bottom of post). This is to ensure that adequate provision is made for your group.

For all volunteers under 18, a consent form must be completed by parent or guardian before getting involved in event.  Consent form can be sent by email, so please contact organiser as soon as possible. 

No equipment provided, if possible bring your own gloves or litter picks. Volunteers must wear old clothes and protective footwear.

Please be aware this event maybe cancelled at short notice due to extreme weather. All registered volunteers will be emailed and social media posts made in this eventuality 

Please use if possible public transport as there is limited parking at this site. Freshfield train station is only 1 mile from this site. Coaches or bus need prior approval to enter event site. Please car share or walk if possible.

Follow us on twitter (@FormbyMarine) or facebook (Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch: Formby). All event updates are posted via these channels.

Any questions, please email: [email protected]

Also worth knowing…

What to bring: We’d recommend you pack a rucksack with a few essentials like sunscreen, waterproofs, hand sanitiser, and perhaps some snacks and a drink (in a reusable bottle, of course).

What to wear: If you're picking up litter with your hands it's worth wearing a strong pair of gloves - like gardening gloves - just to make sure you're protected. Sturdy shoes are a must for protection too.

Under 16s: To comply with our insurance, volunteers under 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult who will be asked to sign a parental / guardian consent form on the day by the beach clean organiser.