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Volunteers clean up Cornwall’s beaches

Posted 1 April 2014 by

St Mawes cottage holiday would not be complete without a trip to one of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches and those who are thinking of heading to the county this Easter will be happy to hear that local residents have been doing their bit.

As reported in this article by The Cornishman, dedicated local residents have been cleaning up some of Cornwall’s top beaches, stretching from Bude all the way to Sennen. Although most, if not all, of the county’s beaches will receive a clean-up, the sandy stretches to be given a refresh so far include Fistral, Hayle, Porthmeor, Crantock, Polzeath and St Agnes.

The winter storms

The mass beach clean-up is, in part, a response to the powerful storms that hit the country last winter, which Cornwall’s coast was severely affected by. This video from The Mail Online shows some of the incredible waves that hit Sennen Cove in February, which is one of the areas that was given a thorough clean this week.

The storms deposited a great deal of debris on the beaches and Surfers Against Sewage – local environmental, safety and cleanliness campaigners – have organised this series of beach clean-ups. They have encouraged members of the local community to come together and return the beaches to a fit state so that both locals and holidaymakers can, once again, enjoy the beaches every day.

According to The Cornishman, people from all walks of life are pitching in, from families with young children to pensioners, dogs and teenagers. Once they have finished their clean-up, these beaches will hopefully return to the familiar sight seen on Cornwall cottage holidays: clear sands ideal for sandcastle building, a romantic stroll or just to look at.

With the Easter holidays fast approaching, those who have already booked an upcoming holiday are sure to reap the benefits of the hard work of these local Cornish residents – be sure to bring a camera when visiting Portscatho and the Roseland this spring!

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