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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Join the next wave of helpers at mammoth Barrow beach clean-up

RESIDENTS who care about the environment are being invited to the latest stage of a mammoth beach clean operation.

EM Big Clean logo 2014

Members of the public who want to make a difference to their local environment can join a litter pick project at Earnse Bay and West Shore Beach in Walney later this month.

The project, run by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust and supported by the Evening Mail’s Big Clean campaign, aims to improve the natural habitats of wildlife and make the shores more pleasant for families and visitors.

The trust has already organised several beach cleans at the location this year and improvements are gradually being made along the coast.

The latest stage of the clean-up will take place between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday, September 20.

Alec Proffitt, of Central Drive, Walney, took part in the last litter pick on Saturday, August 16 and is encouraging more people to join.

He said: “It was nice to come along and do something active.

“It’s fantastic having the beach on your doorstep so I think people should look after it a little bit better.”

All accompanied children are welcome at the litter pick and dogs are permitted if kept on leads.

Equipment is provided but volunteers are asked to wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear.

Booking is required. Call 01539 816300 or mail@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk to reserve a place.

Schools key part of campaign

SPONSORED by Centrica, the Big Clean is also supported by key partner, Kimberly-Clark. Furness Waste Consortium, Barrow Borough Council, South Lakeland District Council, Lake District National Park Authority, Copeland Borough Council, Morecambe Bay Partnership and Love My Beach also support the initiative.

It aims to promote civic pride by giving community groups the tools so they can act to keep their environment safe.

September’s focus will be on encouraging more schools to join the campaign when the new term begins.

Email reporter Jonathan Robinson on jonathan.robinson@nwemail.co.uk to suggest a location for a Big Clean event and to volunteer.

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