Year 5 take part in a beach clean

Pupils make a positive impact in protecting our oceans and marine life from the impacts of plastic pollution

On Tuesday 19 March, our Year 5 waste warriors headed to Chapel Porth to take part in an organised Beach Clean with the National Trust.

The pupils made their way enthusiastically along the beach, scouring the ground and rocks as they went. The children collected litter with gloves and litter pickers and managed to find a wide variety of rubbish, ranging from old trainers to fishing wire and plastic cups.

The morning helped to raise awareness of the huge amount of plastic that makes its way into the ocean and the children were keen to make a positive impact in protecting our oceans and marine life from the impacts of plastic pollution.

The children learned that it is vital that we all take responsibility for where our discarded litter ends up when we are finished with it, and that plastic pollution is a complex issue and one that can only be tackled with wide-scale involvement from industry, decision makers and the public.

After the Beach Clean, the children came together to discuss their findings. They were surprised at the amount of litter on the beach, in particular the amount of harmful micro-plastics interwoven with the sand, and easily consumed by fish.

The collected rubbish was then recycled by the National Trust.

The Beach Clean was a great success and it really helped the children know more about the impact of rubbish and the micro-plastics in our oceans.