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It’s that sunny time of year where the crisp sea air is glorious and the wide sea vista is wondrous, so why not help maintain the beach’s natural appeal by joining a beach clean-up?
Whether you’re an avid beach cleaner or a novice, there are so many ways you can get involved with beach conservation around Kent’s coast.
With stations on their network connecting beaches throughout Kent from Whitstable to Dover, take the more environmentally friendly train with Southeastern.
The 2 Minute Foundation is a spectacular charity that does exactly what it says on the tin - cleans our planet 2 minutes at a time! To get involved, all you need is a timer and the desire to keep Earth beautiful. It’s litter-ally so simple to make a difference to our beaches, so give it a go! Who knows, you could even treat yourself to an indulgent ice-cream after all your hard work or take a paddle in the sea.
Monday 27th June
Join a team of eco warriors as you set out to clean Pegwell Bay in Cliffsend. Situated within the Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve, this clean up will help preserve the natural beauty of Kent Wildlife Trust's largest reserve (known for its beautiful bird population). The clean up will last for 2 hours and all are welcome to join - just bring along some gloves (if needed) as litter sticks, hoops and bags will be provided. Don't forget to stop off at the café for a bite to eat! Full details found here.
Saturday 17th September
Join in on The Great British Clean this year as thousands of people help to keep Britain's beaches beautiful. Comprising of a beach clean and litter survey, this event at the wonderful Minnis Bay will last around 2 hours and will help to preserve the wonderful Kentish coast. Make sure to check the weather for the day so you can wear appropriate clothing to fit the temperamental British weather! For more info see here.
Saturday 17th September and Thursday 1st December
Keep the momentum going with The Great British Clean as it moves onto Cliffsend during September and December. All you need to bring are some gloves and weather appropriate clothing as you spend the day helping out and keeping our beaches beautiful. Info about each event can be found here.
If you want to get even more involved in cleaning up our beaches, check out the Marine Conservation Society's page. Here you'll find info on how to organise your own beach clean, get schools and other groups in on the litter picking, as well as lots of other useful aquatic advice. Plus, be sure to check out the Beach Check UK app where you can see how busy a beach is before you head off - never miss out on a sunbathing spot again!
Whether you're heading to the beach with a litter picker or a wave skipper, we can all play a part in keeping our coastline clean. Check out the #BeautyoftheBeach campaign that encourages us to take care of our wonderful waters and seaside. You can even start taking action from the comfort of your own home, so why wait? Let's get cleaning!