Islands To Get Great Scilly Spring Clean

beach clean copyResidents and businesses in Scilly are being asked to come out in force for the Great Scilly Spring Clean, which is taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April.

It’s a campaign to spruce up the islands following some of the worst weather on record this winter and is being supported by the Islands’ Partnership, the Wildlife Trust, the AONB, the Council, the Duchy and Tresco Estate.

Amanda Pender from the Partnership says it’s a chance for everyone in the community to work together to make a real difference.

There are beach cleans on all five islands being organised, but Amanda says it’s not just the shoreline that needs some TLC.

Anyone can look around and see what needs attention, she says. “We can all do something.”

Each organisation is taking responsibility to lead a beach clean on at least one beach on St Mary’s.

The off-island beach cleans taking place on the Sunday are being coordinated by Anna Cawthray on St Martin’s, Amanda Pender on Bryher and Emma Eberlein on St Agnes, whilst on Tresco Dean Whillis is organising an island-wide tidy up.

Rebecca Steggles from the AONB says many beaches, particularly those facing west, are a bit of a mess after the bad weather.

Most of the litter seems to be plastic and polystyrene.

Rebecca says people can join the organised cleans or if you’d prefer to tidy your own special bit of beach, you can pick up black bags provided by the Council from the Town Hall.

Any rubbish collected can be left by the green Council bins to be collected.

Away from the beaches, Darren Hart from the Wildlife Trust says any patches of litter on pathways can be reported to the Trust, although he says it would be great if people could help tidy up.

Amanda says the Partnership has discussed the appearance of the public spaces on the islands and it’s something visitors comment on.

She says we’d be foolish to ignore it and is hoping people will do their bit to help clean those areas too.

Council Press Officer George Pearson says the DLF are working hard to try and keep on top of the streets and open spaces in town, and have been taking the smaller road sweeper out at any chance they get.

The larger road sweeper has been out of action but should be back in service this week.

Amanda feels all the effort could be good for our tourism industry.

It’s a great opportunity to get some publicity, she says, perhaps by Tweeting pictures of everyone at work and showing our visitors that we can really pull together as a community.


The Beach Clean timetable on St Mary’s is as follows:

Saturday 5th April

11am – 1pm BAR POINT (lead by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust)

11am – 1pm OLD TOWN & PORTH MINNACK (lead by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust)

2pm – 4pm PORTHMELLON (lead by the Duchy of Cornwall)

2pm – 4pm SHARK’S PIT (lead by the Isles of Scilly AONB)

Sunday 6th April

11am – 1pm RAM PITT / PORTH WRECK (lead by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust)

11am – 1pm PORTHCRESSA (lead by the Council of the Isles of Scilly)

2pm – 4pm TOWN BEACH (lead by the Islands’ Partnership)

2pm – 4pm PELISTRY & GILBERTS PORTH (lead by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust)


The timetable for the off islands is as follows:

Sunday 6th April

10am – 1pm TRESCO (Meet at Smith Square)

10.30am – 12.30pm ST MARTIN’S (Meet at Island Hall)

10.30am – 12.30pm BRYHER (Meet at the Community Centre)

11am – 1pm ST AGNES (Meet at the Reading Room)

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