Kayak group’s plea for volunteers to join beach clean

Shingle Street. Picture: NICK SEAMAN

Shingle Street. Picture: NICK SEAMAN - Credit: Archant

Kayakers are calling on volunteers to help take care of a section of Suffolk’s picturesque coastline by taking part in a beach clean. K

The idea is not only to clear up debris which is abandoned or washed up on Shingle Street’s remote stretch of coastline, but also highlight the waste dumped in the sea.

It has been planned by NOMAD Sea Kayaking, which runs sea kayaking training sessions and trips in Suffolk, Essex and Dorset.

Becky MacInnes-Clark, sales manager of the outdoor adventure organisation, said: “On the last weekend we landed on the beach at Shingle Street we removed six bin bags of rubbish and debris from a very small area.”

The rubbish collected at the Site of Special Scientific Interest included everything from medical and fishing waste to sanitary waste, bottle tops and general litter.

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“I have even found two kettles, high-vis jackets, work gloves - a real array of stuff that just shouldn’t be anywhere near our beaches,” she said.

The event at 2.30pm on Saturday, July 14 is open to all and equipment will be provided, with chocolate brownies at the end as a small reward for volunteers.

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Ms MacInnes-Clark said: “We want to support the local economy by bringing people to the beautiful coastline of Suffolk.

“We don’t want to land on dirty beaches so we are encouraging anyone we can to join us.”

Volunteers are asked to meet at Shingle Street Car Park by the Coastguard Cottages, which is accessed through Hollesley village.

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