The beach at St Annes is a focus for locals and tourists alike, whether they're sunbathing, making sandcastles, having a donkey ride, or just simply chilling out.
The beach is there for all of us to use, but unfortunately that use comes at a price if our marine environment is not treated with respect.
One constant cause of concern is litter. Litter not only makes the beach look and smell unattractive, it can also be dangerous to beach goers due to the presence of broken glass and syringes, and dangerous to animals who can get caught up in discarded plastic wrappings on the beach itself or when washed out to sea.
Below, Cllr Joanne Gardner shares an insight into some of the work carried out by local volunteers:
"Prior to Lockdown I was able to meet with Emily Parr who represents an organisation called ‘Love My Beach’ - which is part of Keep Britain Tidy.
A local resident had passed me Emily’s details in relation to the volunteer work over 250 local residents get involved with to help keep our beaches free of litter. I was interested to find out more about what they do and to put some suggestions to Emily, about how we can educate people about the damage litter and waste can do to the environment.
Litter became a big issue as Lockdown eased and people started to descend once more onto our beach. But this didn’t stop the many volunteers from getting back out to help clear up the litter which was left behind.
'Love My Beach' also worked with Fylde Borough Council to install signs at the entrances of the beach. I think these look great and are a very friendly reminder to those visiting our wonderful beaches to take their litter home with them."
If you want to become a Beach Litter Volunteer
Contact: Emily Parr, Fylde Beach Care Officer, Keep Britain Tidy, 07384 119259
[Image by courtesy of Robert Wade, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16385142]