BEACH CLEAN

HELP US KEEP THE LOCAL BEACHES CLEAN!


FRIENDS OF TANKERTON BAY

Join us at our 

BEACH CLEAN

The Next Scheduled Beach Clean is:

 

Sunday 2nd February  2020

 

9.30am- 10.30am.

Meet at the Lifeguard Hut on the Beach Front, adjacent to Tankerton West, all cleaning materials will be provided.

An hours energy, well spent for the benefit of the community.

 

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Here is a message from the last Beach Clean in January 2020:

Greetings to All!

A very good turnout for our first clear of 2020 – 32 beach cleaners in total, including 8 very keen youngsters. Given our numbers, we were even able to extend our area of coverage today right from Long Rock round to the “Bubble” café.

Totals collected:

Beach: 12 kgs
Slopes: 27 kgs
Total: 39 kgs

Total since April 2016: 1883 kgs

Unsurprisingly but still disappointingly there was certainly evidence of partying – discarded bottles, tins and take-away food / drink packaging as well as firework debris. Some was on the beach, but also quite a lot was amongst the beach huts – especially at “Tankerton West” . . . presumably not beach hut owners but others taking a bit of shelter there. However, a few discarded sections of hut structure (see photo, below!) were also found and removed – too heavy to be weighed for our purposes. This has been reported to the Council’s online flytipping website.

Less ‘festive’ on the beach were the usual pieces of angling gear – and also some small, plastic, cotton wool buds . . . although many fewer of these than there used to be. Perhaps people are either using less or not putting them down the loo?! There was also quite a lot of smaller plastic items seemingly coming in on the tide, especially at Long Rock. What was perhaps fairly new was the number of discarded ‘full’ dog-poo bags everywhere. There were so many dogs out being walked on Sunday, and yet some of the red ‘dog’ bins have been removed. Perhaps dog-walkers don’t realise that such bags can / should now be put into the standard rubbish bins. On a lighter note, two items that were picked up – a new football and a new bike repair kit – were recycled to grateful beach cleaners!

We all seemed to have forgotten the suggestion of meeting up for an ‘after-coffee’ at The Marine so we’ll ask next time with a view to doing this after the March clear.

Re Tankerton Speedwatch – David took a few names of interested folk but would still like to hear of others who’d like to find out more.

With thanks – as always – for everyone’s great support and all best wishes again for 2020!

David, Marilyn & Viv

 

 

 

Held in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society’s

“Adopt-a-Beach” Scheme and Canterbury City Council Foreshore Services

Meet on the beach at the bottom of Tankerton Slopes, by the NEW White Lifeguard hut

Do come along and join us – all equipment will be provided.

All collecting gear will be provided by Canterbury

City Council.

 For information on beach cleans in general 

go to www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/

 An hour’s exercise, rosy cheeks, and a clean beach!  You’ll feel better for it!