Southampton locals volunteer for Weston Shore Beach Clean

LOCAL volunteers took part in the Weston Shore Beach Clean this weekend as part of Southampton’s Sustainability Week.

Southampton’s first Sustainability Week came to an end on Sunday with the one of the final events being the Autumn Beach Clean at Weston Shore.

The beach clean was part of a campaign by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), an environmental charity that aims to protect the UK’s beaches and oceans.

The beach is located nearby the Royal Victoria Country Park.
The beach is located nearby the Royal Victoria Country Park.

Weston Shore is one of the only beaches in Southampton and is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Regional representative from SAS, Madelaine Davison, said: “The Surfers Against Sewage Beach Clean series is a great way for like-minded people across the country to meet each other, whilst participating in something productive.

“Once a beach clean is complete, you can see the difference and I feel that that is what makes the greatest impact on the people that took part, along with third parties that come across photo evidence or even when they venture down to the beach themselves.”

The Beach Clean took place as part of Southampton Sustainability Week and Surfers Against Sewage's Autumn Beach Clean campaign.
The Beach Clean took place as part of Southampton Sustainability Week and Surfers Against Sewage’s Autumn Beach Clean campaign.

Groups of volunteers from Solent Students’ Union helped with the event alongside the partners of the event, The Friends of Weston Shore, a group that is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the shore which is along the Itchen River.

Southampton City Council have enabled group activities to take place in support of the local beach and The Friends of Weston Shore have maintained regular events since 1996.

Volunteers from Friends of Weston Shore, Surfers Against Sewage and Solent University took part in the Beach Clean.
Volunteers from Friends of Weston Shore, Surfers Against Sewage and Solent University took part in the Beach Clean.

by Charlotte Mednick (@Lottie_Mednick), Josh Stokes (@JD_Stokes) and Tiffany Sankey (@tiffanysankey_)