Beaufort helps clean up South Wales beach

With the end of the summer upon us and a spell of good weather ahead, we organised a staff away-day helping the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

We took part in the Great British Beach Clean 2014: an opportunity for Beaufort staff to get involved with a worthwhile cause working as a team in the great outdoors. The event was a UK-wide activity with some 10,000 volunteers expected to take part.

On arrival at Rest Bay in Porthcawl, we and other volunteers were greeted by a MCS member of staff and reporters from BBC Radio Wales who were recording a piece for their Sunday morning Country Focus rural affairs programme. We split into teams and were tasked with collecting and recording litter within a 100m stretch of the beach.
On first sight, we didn’t think there would be much to do, but once we began our forensic sweep among the stones and among seaweed, we soon realised that there was a huge amount of litter on the beach, mostly small items of plastic and rope / fishing net. In just one hour volunteers collected a whopping 67kg of litter ranging from party poppers to (spent) shotgun cartridges - a satisfying haul.

We were rewarded for our efforts with excellent fish and chips at Porthcawl’s renowned family-run fish and chip restaurant Beales.

Fiona McAllister, MD at Beaufort commented: “Our staff helped to decide on what they would like to do for an away-day and it was great to be able to do something for the environment as a team. MCS certainly opened our eyes to the issue of litter on our beaches, and how we can all do our bit to help”.


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