On Saturday 29 March, more than 30 boarders from Malvern, Pentreve and Trennick houses gave up their time to take part in Surfers Against Sewage’s ‘Big Spring Beach Clean’ at Perranporth.
This was just one of 150 beach cleans, involving 3,000 volunteers, spanning all coastal counties and aiming to remove a minimum of 10 tonnes of debris from our precious beaches. After a briefing talk explaining the negative effects of marine litter, the students spent two hours collecting all manner of rubbish, but focussing their efforts on the all too abundant plastic waste that had washed up on the beach. They managed to fill a great number of bin bags with their finds, and we are incredibly proud of not just the amazing result of their labours, but also their willingness to spend their Saturday afternoons volunteering to make a positive difference to their local area.
As the tide came in, they dragged their hauls to the weighing-in station to be rewarded with a cup of tea and a piece of cake, to take part in a ‘rubble sack relay’ (first place going to Trennick), and to add their most outlandish finds to the ‘rubbish monster’ that was sculpted out of sand and marine litter.
You can view a gallery of photos from the beach clean here.