#2minutebeachclean proves a hit with visitors

A pilot scheme in Croyde encouraging beach users to pick up litter has been hailed a success.

The Beach Clean Network has just announced the results of its testing of 'Two Minute Beach Clean Stations' at Croyde, as well as Crooklets Beach at Bude.

The #2minutebeachclean campaign urges visitors to pick up litter with a two-minute cleaning session every time they are on the beach.

The station is made of an A board with a slot for used plastic bags and a holding container of litter pickers for people to use.

Beach ranger Rose Roberts said they had definitely noticed a decrease in the amount they were picking up.

"We have had a #2minutebeachclean board at Croyde for a little over a year now and got a second one this summer," she said.

"It is really popular with children as they love having a go with the litter grabbers. On fine autumn/winter days I have to top up the boards pretty much daily, so at least a dozen people are filling a bag with litter from the strandline each day."

Martin Dorey, founder of the #2minutebeachclean, said: "We see kids and families using the litter pickers and collecting rubbish all the time but this is the first time, we've been able to prove beyond all doubt the #2minutebeachclean is engaging with beach visitors and that they are eagerly rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in."

Since the trial began the group, working with Surfdome, Keep Britain Tidy and local operators, has been able to place two stations at Croyde and one at Westward Ho!