Beach Clean starts with “The Starfish Story”

04 Nov


Washed onto our shores by the Atlantic ocean, plastic is a huge  problem on our beaches now.  A beach cleaning group already exists at    Widemouth Bay and they regularly collect plastic and other rubbish of    the beach there.

Spurred on by their  efforts, around 30 people gathered at Crooklets Beach on a wild, cold autumn afternoon to do their bit.

Armed with pickers, bags and support from Ado, Michael and Keep Britain Tidy,  30 bags of mostly plastic was collected in an hour and a half. There didn’t appear to be too much spread over the large area of the beach, but when we had collected 30 large bags full in 1 1/2 hours it really struck home how much plastic there is.





If anyone felt in any way daunted by the task in hand, they just need to know that they have made a difference…. which harks back to “The Starfish Story”

We watched a Storm approaching and decided to call it a day and made a dash back to Rosies Cafe for a warm-up and coffee.



There are plans to set up a group for Crooklets Beach. Meanwhile take a look at these…  Many thanks to Ado for the links.

Widemouth Bay Task Force

Video.. Plastic Shores


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7 responses to “Beach Clean starts with “The Starfish Story”

  1. Ado. Widemouth task force

    November 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you Sue for your help on Saturday, and also recognising our efforts as a group on keeping our beaches clean and our local wildlife safer.
    We are always in need of more volunteers and promotion from word of mouth/Blogging/facebook/Twitter etc seems to be the future,
    Anyone who would like to join our fantastic group and receive notifications can either type in Widemouthtaskforce (WTF) in your facebook search bar, (where you can add your own friends) or follow us on twitter. Thanks again. Ado. (WTF organiser)

    • Sue Read Art by the Sea

      November 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      I think you are right.. it is the way to spread the word. I think we will see a lot more people at the next one. We went to Wanson on Sunday and it was incredibly clean… has the WTF been there lately?

      • adoshorland

        November 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        We did Wanson for 14 months, its by far the hardest beach to clean due to access, Jane ( who owns it) has done a brilliant job over the Summer /Autumn cleaning it daily.Theres also a few random individuals who come to the beach armed with bags and pick up whilst walking their dogs etc. Jane knows she only has to call after a big storm and we’ll be there! There’s also an elderly couple who at 9.30am every Sunday morning pick up a couple of carrier bags worth from Blackrock. Unsung heroes in my book!

      • Sue Read Art by the Sea

        November 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

        Thats good to know. So .. it’s privately owned, not by the Duchy? Is that Jane (long blonde hair Jane with the long horned cows?) . Just being nosey now. And yes, they are unsung heroes and I suspect there are many more.

  2. baileyboatcat

    November 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Oh I love the starfish story! It’s so true and if everyone does their little bit big changes really can happen! Thank you for highlighting it and doing such a great job!

    • Sue Read Art by the Sea

      November 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      It really makes you realise that despite the vastness of the ocean, we can make a difference. p.s. love your blog. You are the most beautiful cat!


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