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Lowestoft and Southwold beaches are cleared of rubbish thanks to volunteers

PUBLISHED: 17:28 22 September 2013 | UPDATED: 17:39 22 September 2013

Volunteers gather on Southwold beach for the annual Adnams beach clean.

Volunteers gather on Southwold beach for the annual Adnams beach clean.

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A small army of community-minded volunteers have headed to Waveney's beaches to help keep them free of rubbish.

An annual beach clean up in the Lowestoft and Southwold areas, a large part of which is in an area of natural outstanding beauty, was organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) as part of its Beachwatch Big Weekend.

On Saturday eight volunteers could be seen picking up litter from the beach at north Lowestoft.

They collected 4.25kg of rubbish with the most common items being plastic, polystyrene and crisp and sweet wrappers. There were also 42 pieces of fishing line which could pose a hazard to wildlife that ended up in rubbish bags.

Victoria Nicholls, beachwatch organiser, said: “It is hard to believe that people come to the beach to enjoy the pleasant surroundings and think it is alright to leave rubbish on the beach.

“Our message to anyone who visits the beach is please take your rubbish away with you or put it in bins so we can keep it a nice place for everyone.”

In Southwold on Saturday about 30 people volunteers cleaned up a 1km stretch of beach and dunes from Gun Hill to the harbour and collected 40 bags of rubbish.

The beach has been adopted by Southwold-based brewery Adnams, which for the last ten years has been organising its own clean up and is now linked to MCS.

Emma Hibbert, who helped to organise the clean-up, said: “There was litter from picnics, such as crisp and sweet packets, and fishing lines left by anglers. We also found children’s toys and socks had been left behind.

“It was a good effort from the team of volunteers. We are lucky that the beach at Southwold is relatively clear from rubbish but it is always surprising to see people do leave rubbish and waste there.

“All the volunteers live close to the coast and want to keep it clear of rubbish so everyone can enjoy it.”

Then on Sunday two beach litter picks were held in Pakefield and Kessingland which saw 30 volunteers collect 13 bags of rubbish and waste, which included disposal barbecues, cans, sweet wrappers and dog mess.

Organiser Alison Reeve said: “We need to look after this area or we will lose it. It has lots of wildlife, like terns at Kessingland, and brings in a lot of money to Lowestoft and the county.”

It was the sixth MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend.

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