Posted on September 14, 2018
The organizers of the annual Great British Beach Clean said they didn’t expect to see record numbers of volunteers at more beaches than ever before last weekend’s UK-wide event. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) had been running the four-day beach cleaning event for the last 24 years.
In 2017, 6,944 volunteers attended beach cleans at 339 locations across the UK, from the north of Scotland to Cornwall, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. But 7,391 volunteers have participated at 432 cleans.
Last year, by this time, a couple of thousand volunteers had registered, but final figures were just short of 7,000. Since then, we’ve seen on the BBC’s Blue Planet television series, the people concern of plastic pollution in the ocean have been increased, so that more and more people have been keen to clean beaches at our many events throughout the year. It is making this year’s Great British Beach Clean the biggest, by volunteer number, ever.