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Thousands of plastic bottles collected in beach cleans

A total of 2,179 plastic bottles were collected from the Isles of Scilly's coastline during the Great Scilly Spring Clean 2018.

Some 359 people - just under 20% of the islands' population - took part in this year's event, removing 337 bags of marine debris.

The Great Scilly Spring Clean saw 12 scheduled beach cleans on St Mary's across Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th. There were also whole island coastal/beach cleans on St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco and St Martin's.

The totals are an increase on last year, which saw 288 people collect an estimated 293 bags of rubbish, including 915 plastic bottles.

Debris from Watermill. Photo by Liz Stevenson

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust said: "The Great Scilly Spring Clean 2018 went off without a hitch this year (for the first time in a while); with more cleans taking place than planned and a fantastic turnout! All of the figures are an increase on last years Spring Clean but what will the weight total be?? Would anyone like to hazard a guess??"

It added: "We would like to thank all of the individuals, organisations and businesses who took part or supported in one way or another and remind anyone who loves Scilly, whether resident or visiting, that you can support the continuation of this type of event/work (and much more!) by making a pledge on our Crowdfunding Page.

"We're 13% of the way towards our total with just 13 days remaining - if each of our Facebook Followers donated just £5.50 today we would smash our target!"


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