Surfers Against Sewage is launching its Plastic Free Coastlines campaign to protect North Devon’s beaches.

Westward Ho! beach. Picture by Eleanor HansonWestward Ho! beach. Picture by Eleanor Hanson

Surfers Against Sewage campaigners are hoping to make North Devon’s coastlines plastic free.

In September, Bideford Town Council voted to support the Plastic Free Coastlines Campaign, and now the group is hoping to gain the support of the district council.

Cal Major, Surfers Against Sewage regional rep, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to come together as a community to proudly protect our local environment.

“Plastic Free Coastlines is about embracing the positive changes that we can all make, many of which are very simple but will collectively have a huge positive impact on the environment and its wildlife.”

Westward Ho! beach. Picture by Cal MajorWestward Ho! beach. Picture by Cal Major

The campaign aims to engage schools, businesses and community groups in Bideford to stop plastic pollution.

It hopes to reduce the use of single-use plastics locally, including carrier bags, straws, bottles, condiments sachets and takeaway food containers.

Vikki Baker, a community leader for the Plastic Free Coastlines campaign, said: “Westward Ho! beach looks very clean at a glance, but this is incredibly deceptive and at last year’s autumn beach clean event, volunteers removed 15 large bags of rubbish from the pebble ridge, car park and burrows alone.

“We hope to see a great turn out again this year.”

A North Devon Plastic Free Coastlines launch event will be taking place on Thursday, November 24, at Braunton Countryside Centre.

Find out more information at www.plasticfree.org.uk, or contact Vikki Baker at vikkib_3@hotmail.com