Coast Magazine, Joules Clothing and MCS celebrate a decade of beach cleans

By: Clare Fischer
Date posted: 20 April 2018

Coast Magazine, Joules Clothing and MCS are celebrating a decade of a beach clean partnership around the UK coast. To mark the milestone, there will be six cleans, all led by MCS staff and supported by Coast readers and the clothing company in various coastal locations today.

Coast Mag Beachclean
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Coast magazine and its readers have shown an amazing commitment to cleaning up Britain’s beaches. Every event has been full to capacity with keen volunteers, and they’ve all been fun and fulfilling in equal measure every time.

Richard Harrington,
MCS Head of Communications

The first MCS/Coast Magazine/Joules beach clean was held in May 2008 at Southwold in Suffolk. This year’s flagship event will be held at Watergate Bay in North Cornwall.

“Coast magazine and its readers have shown an amazing commitment to cleaning up Britain’s beaches. Every event has been full to capacity with keen volunteers, and they’ve all been fun and fulfilling in equal measure every time. Over the ten surveys, we’ve picked up some of the weirdest things, from shopping trolleys to car tyres and toothbrushes to children’s toys, making a real difference at some of our loveliest beaches,” said MCS Head of Communications, Richard Harrington, who has attended all but one of the annual clean up events.

This year’s main event will be held at Watergate Bay and the beach clean and survey will be led by MCS Beachwatch Manager, Lauren Eyles.

Elsewhere, Coast readers and Joules customers will be able to attend events at St Ives, Abersoch, Aldeburgh, Mumbles or Lyme Regis.

Joules say they’re delighted to be once again partnering with Coast Magazine and MCS: “Alongside the well-established Coast Magazine Beach Clean held at Watergate Bay – we’ll be spreading our wings and be cleaning five beaches close by to some of our lovely seaside stores. One beach at a time we want to help clean up our coastline, for everyone to enjoy it for years to come.’

You can still register for the cleans at Abersoch, St Ives and the Mumbles.

Actions you can take

  1. Organise a beach clean
  2. Help us stop the plastic tide
  3. Visit the beachwatch website
  4. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2018
  5. Join a beach clean

Did you know?…

Plastic has been found in the stomachs of almost all marine species including fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles

It’s estimated that one rubbish truck load of plastic litter enters the ocean every minute

Since the carrier bag charge came in across the UK, the Great British Beach Clean has recorded almost 50% fewer bags on beaches

Why not join a beach clean ... or organise one?

To date, our beach clean volunteers have removed 6 million pieces of litter from our beaches and collected marine litter data to support our campaigns for cleaner seas and beaches.

Learn more and join a beach clean

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