Volunteers arrive on Scilly to help clean beaches
A group of volunteers have arrived on Scilly to help clean up our hard-to-reach coastline and beaches.
Members of Clean Ocean Sailing set off from Coverack to the islands on the fishing boat Blue Linnet on Monday (February 18th) and are staying until the Friday. They plan to make the journey again next week.
The volunteers will explore the islands and “clean up the hard to reach beaches and coves”, including Annet and other uninhabited off-islands. Any rubbish they collect will be sorted, weighed and recorded before being taken back to the mainland to be recycled.
The group 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”.
He spoke to Radio Scilly during the journey across to Scilly and revealed he hopes to return to the islands on a regular basis.
He said: "We're planning to return to the Scillies at last four times a year until we feel we've actually picked up all the rubbish that's out there and we'd also like to help the islands by returning all this junk and all of the domestic recycling back to the mainland because I understand at the moment that there's no facility to handle recycling on the islands."
Clean Ocean Sailing will be working with the Islands’ Partnership and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust during their visit. The Wildlife Trust will help them untangle and give medical attention to any wildlife found entangled in nets or ropes.
The group hope to gain funding for future trips to Scilly through online crowdfunding.
Steve said: "If anyone would like to support us, even as little as £2 a month really makes a difference."
Follow Clean Ocean Sailing's progress, find out more about them or donate to their mission at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cleanoceansailing.