Vote for the Great British Beach Clean in the Countryfile Awards

By: Clare Fischer
Date posted: 10 February 2018

The BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 shortlists have been announced and MCS is one of five nominees in the Conservation Success of the Year category.

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We’re really excited to see our Great British Beach Clean event shortlisted. We wouldn’t know as much as we do about where litter is found and what’s out there, if it wasn’t for our amazing volunteers, and what better year than our 25th Anniversary to acknowledge their incredible efforts

Lauren Eyles,
MCS Beachwatch Manager

The annual awards recognise the best of the British countryside over a number of categories including National Park of the Year, Beach of the Year and even Country Book of the Year. The voting is now open and runs until 5th March.

Countryfile presenter and judge, John Craven, said of the MCS Great British Beach Clean: “This is a fantastic project, an annual check on just how bad we’re being at disposing of plastic and other items. Recycling the plastic that they find on the beaches is a new aspect of this continuing project - they’re not just cleaning up the beaches, they’re turning it into something useful, which hopefully won’t end up back on the beaches again.”

The Great British Beach Clean is up against the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project, Highway England Mitigation Project and the Flight of the Swans.

Lauren Eyles, MCS Beachwatch Manager, says: “We’re really excited to see our Great British Beach Clean event shortlisted. We wouldn’t know as much as we do about where litter is found and what’s out there, if it wasn’t for our amazing volunteers, and what better year than our 25th Anniversary to acknowledge their incredible efforts.

“We use the data collected to influence National and European legislation, encourage best practice within industries and run public campaigns that offer effective solutions to problem items. And we’ve got some real success stories such as wet wipes and single-use plastic bags. It would be lovely to receive this prestigious recognition.”

**How to vote ** It’s quite a lengthy process so do stick with it! Takes about three minutes
You need to vote in all the categories – you can get started by clicking here.

Actions you can take

  1. Help us stop the plastic tide
  2. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2017

Did you know?…

Globally, plastic litter has reached every part of the world’s oceans

Every day millions of microplastics enter the sea from personal care products such as scrubs and toothpastes

Litter has increased by 135% since 1994, with plastics increasing by a staggering 180%