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Students help with record year for Durham beach cleaning

(12 December 2019)

Our students have been part of a record year for beach cleaning on Durham’s Heritage Coast.

Students, schools, businesses, community groups and members of the public have taken part in 90 beach cleans, collecting a record five tonnes of rubbish.

In total, almost 2,000 bags of rubbish, mainly plastic bottles, cans and discarded or lost fishing nets, were removed from the stretch between Seaham and Crimdon, along with car tyres and 18 shopping trolleys.

Students make a positive impact

A recent beach clean at Seaham saw 27 students team up with members of the public.

Adam Carruthers, a second year Maths student and environment chair for our Student Volunteering and Outreach, was one of the organisers.

He said: “Helping out in Seaham was a really enjoyable way to spend the morning.

“We were able to clean up a lot of trash, including a surprising number of car tyres. And we had the satisfaction of walking away from a clean beach to get fish and chips before heading back to Durham City.”

‘Fantastic to see the enthusiasm’

The beach cleans are organised by the Durham Heritage Coast Partnership.

Louise Harrington, a Heritage Coast Officer, said: “It’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm to deal with this problem from all sorts of people, young or old, local to the area or not.

“I’m very proud of all the volunteers who have given up a total of 1,650 days to help out. We’re very grateful to everyone helping to keep our coastline beautiful and safe for visitors and wildlife.”