by | Jun 16, 2020 | Lockdown Diary

Teats Hill Beach Clean-Up

Lockdown Diary

Katie Oborn

Teats Hill Beach Clean-up As Lockdown Eases

As the nation enters the thirteenth week of lockdown, measures to protect the public are still in place to a certain extent, yet as the virus apparently recedes in the UK, lockdown has been eased further.

Groups of up to six people can now meet in open spaces or even private gardens as long as social distancing is practised by individuals. So a two metre gap between people is still the ‘safe’ distance to stay apart at the moment.

With these new relaxed rules in place, six people took part in a clean-up of Teats hill beach. This was organised by resident Jennifer Harrison she says: “After seeing litter collecting post ease of lockdown in our local area and World Oceans Day (an international day that takes place yearly on June 8th). I decided to organise a local beach clean, great turn out, all socially distanced and the beach is cleaner for the locals to enjoy again.”

“Really pleased to be doing something as a little community.” She added.

Other residents taking part along with myself were David Bricknell, Kimberley Noakes, Adam Thomas, and Beth Emily Richards from Take A Part art project that oversees several community and creative opportunities in the Coxside area. 

The beach and green space area is rich with nature and wildlife, butterflies, many bird species including goldfinch, greenfinch, cormorants, grey herons and egrets. There is also a seal that often pops up from the water just off this shore. Wildlife deserves a life free of rubbish and pollution by humans!

The team of six of us collected over four bin liners of rubbish off the beach in just one hour. There was drink cans, metal poles, lots of bits of plastic large and small, food and sandwich wrapping amongst the pebbles, rocks and in the grassy banks. We plan to continue a monthly clean-up of the area as the ‘new normal’ commences.

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Although the sky looks thundery, the rain held off for our beach clean.

From left to right Kimberley Noakes, Jennifer Harrison, Adam Thomas, David Bricknell, Beth Emily Richards

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