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Keeping Our Beaches Clean

We are all concerned about the state of our beaches and the quality of our bathing water. Can we find the perfect family picnic spot on the beach, unworried by abandoned plastic bottles, cans and other detritus? Are we and our children safe to bathe in the sea or local rivers or is there untreated sewage swimming around with us?

Soroptimist International Canterbury has been carrying out regular beach cleans in Seasalter since July 2019. However, as well as picking up the usual litter left behind by visitors, in the last year we have been picking up more and more reams of toilet paper and other sanitary products left behind on the shoreline when the tide retreats. Disgusting!! Nobody wants to find this on the beach, let alone imagine what is swirling around in the sea!

Great Big Green Week (June)  – a nationwide week of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature. There are many actions organised for the general public and we would encourage you to have a look at their website to find an action near you.

Also, if you’re interested in what you can do to improve the cleanliness of our coasts and rivers, then you may want to have a look at the work of Surfers against Sewage – one of the UK’s most successful marine conservation and campaigning charities. So, lots of possibilities to get involved!