We wage war on messy beaches

We wage war on messy beaches

We wage war on messy beaches

A new collaboration brings our BeachCare South West programme, together with the Army's outreach team and Sharp's Brewery, to offer an exciting new beach cleaning service to Devon and Cornwall's beaches and coast. 

Led by Neil Hembrow, Keep Britain Tidy's BeachCare officer in the SouthWest, the battalion has already been getting stuck into a range of coastal projects - including cleaning up hard-to-reach beaches, mending coastpath fences, painting and even knocking down walls.

Now with an enlarged support package from North Cornwall-based Sharp’s Brewery, the Sharp’s Beach Clean Battalion is made up of voluntary members of BeachCare and the Army’s Outreach Team. They are offering its free coastal care services to any community groups or individuals across Devon and Cornwall. 

Teams of six to twelve hardy soldiers will be deployed promptly for at least two days a month through the year to undertake any coastal cleaning or maintenance that’s required. Beach and coastal community groups and individuals are being encouraged to let us know their local needs to ensure they are in with a chance of receiving this support.

Neil Hembrow, BeachCare Officer, says: “This is a service that BeachCare put in place last year and with the collaboration of the Army volunteers, and now the backing of Sharp’s Brewery, the Sharp’s Beach Clean Battalion is ready to take on any job, no matter how big or small, with utter dedication.  

"The beaches are benefiting, as we’ve removed over six tonnes of litter so far; helping with a whole host of other community projects. We now want to offer our services, across Devon and Cornwall, to any worthwhile community project. If you need a job done, these guys will make it happen.  And those who take a responsibility for these coastal areas simply need to get in touch with me to add their task or project needs into the mix.”

Group or individuals who know of a remote beach that needs a clean or a coastal project that needs some muscle or help should contact Neil Hembrow from BeachCare on BeachCareSouthWest@KeepBritainTidy.org