Shepherd Neame has completed its first series of summer beach cleans around Kent, working with its charity of the year, Kent Wildlife Trust.
Kent Wildlife Trust protected area warden, Nina Jones (left), education tutor Clarissa Beveridge, and Wilder Kent education officer Tom White with litter collected from Broadstairs beach, near the Royal Albion Hotel. Photograph: Shepherd Neame
Cleans were organised close to some of the brewer’s most picturesque coastal pubs and hotels, including the Minnis Bay Bar and Brasserie, Birchington, the Botany Bay Hotel, Kingsgate, and Marine Hotel, Tankerton.
More than 100 people attended the events, held to help the environment and raise awareness of how we can protect our coastline. The first beach clean took place during National Marine Conservation Week at the end of July.
Members of the Kent Wildlife Trust’s Marine Conservation Team attended each event, offering information about the impact of litter on marine life and providing Shoresearch surveys, for volunteers to capture details of the waste collected.
The final clean took place at the Royal Albion Hotel, Broadstairs, with a total of 38.61kg of litter collected during the events.
Nina Jones, protected area warden at Kent Wildlife Trust, said: “We were really pleased to work with Shepherd Neame this summer to help make our beaches a safer and cleaner place for people and wildlife.
“With the help of the public, we collected a large amount of waste and had lots of families get involved, with some fantastic citizen science to collect useful data on marine pollution.”
Shepherd Neame communications executive, Angela Cole, who spearheaded the project with support from Thanet District Council and Canterbury City Council, added: “We have been really pleased by the success of our first series of beach cleans, with individuals and families from across the county coming along to join in.
“It has been great to get out and enjoy the glorious weather in some of Kent’s most beautiful locations, working with our charity of the year, Kent Wildlife Trust, to help the environment and raise awareness of our county’s unique marine habitats and wildlife.”