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Boat heading to Scilly to help clean beaches


A group of volunteers are sailing to Scilly in February to help clean up our coastline and beaches.

Members of Clean Ocean Sailing will travel from Falmouth or Newlyn to the islands on the fishing boat Blue Linnet (above) on February 18th, staying until the 22nd. They will make the journey again from February 25th to March 1st.

The volunteers will explore the islands and “clean up the hard to reach beaches and coves”. Any rubbish they collect will be sorted, weighed and recorded before being taken back to the mainland to be recycled.

Clean Ocean Sailing was founded by Steve Green from Gweek with the aim of “cleaning our coasts and oceans sustainably under sail and raising awareness about ocean plastics”.

During the visit to Scilly next month, the group will be working with the Islands’ Partnership and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust.

The Wildlife Trust will help them untangle and give medical attention to any wildlife found entangled in nets or ropes.

They have also been granted permission to visit Annet and other off islands, saying of the news: “It’s such a rare opportunity to visit these places that are kept free from people all year round; to be allowed to go there to clean up the deadly marine plastic waste is such a privilege.”

There are still places available aboard the Blue Linnet. Email cleanoceansailing@gmail.com for more details.

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