Beach Clean Will Tidy Up ‘Childhood Playground’

Porthellick Beach

Porthellick Beach

A St Mary’s woman hopes to lead by example, cleaning up the beach that was her ‘childhood playground’ today.

Nikki Banfield says she used to undertake impromptu beach cleans when she was growing up here and she recalls locals’ efforts in removing plastics and rubbish following the 1997 Cita shipwreck.

Recent weather and big seas has washed ashore rubbish on Porthellick and its appearance is, “pretty disgusting” she says.

Nikki says she had a good response when she mentioned the idea on her Facebook page and decided to formalise the event.

The 2pm clean up is being supported by the AONB. Their beach cleans continue but Nikki says it shouldn’t all be down to them. Islanders should take the lead instead of complaining, she says.

Nikki says that with summer approaching it’s important that we do what we can to improve the visitors’ experience.

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