Volunteers help clean up North Devon beaches

Joseph Bulmer

Half a tonne of marine litter and rubbish is collected at Woolacombe and Saunton

A total of 150 volunteers joined the Museum of British Surfing plus Surfers Against Sewage in beach cleans at Woolacombe and Saunton over the weekend, collecting almost half a tonne of marine litter and rubbish.

Organisers said 374 kilos of this was at Saunton alone, where 96 people turned out on Sunday morning to help - among the items found were a TV set, car bumper and a set of fisherman’s oilskins.

“This was such a fantastic community effort, we’d like to thank everyone who came along and helped,” said Pete Robinson, founder of the Museum of British Surfing.

“Part of our work as a charity is promoting the conservation of our beautiful coastline and events like this really help to spread the word about what we can all do to help. We’re proud to be supported by the North Devon AONB, who are helping fund a special local environment section at our exhibition venue opening in Braunton next April.”

The next in the North Devon Beach Clean Series are at Westward Ho! on November 26 plus Lynmouth and Woody Bay on November 27.