Islands-Wide Clean Up Hailed As Big Success

scilly spring clean 2014Glass floats, an old punt, a gardening fork and an abandoned kayak are some of the items collected around the islands over the weekend as part of the first ever organised, islands-wide clean-up.

The Great Scilly Spring Clean was a joint AONB, Duchy, Council and Wildlife Trust event, championed by the Islands’ Partnership.

There were two days of activity on St Mary’s. Rebecca Steggles led the AONB-backed beach clean at Sharks Pit on Saturday and the 15 volunteers removed a large amount of rubbish.

Rebecca says everyone was keen to do their bit and it was a great community atmosphere.

Locals turned out in force on all of the islands. On St Agnes, 14 people took part, while there were around 20 on both Bryher and St Martin’s.

A team of 50 locals picked up shovels and wheelbarrows to remove sand from Porthcressa Bank yesterday.

Council staff were also encouraged to chip in. The highest-ranking officer in the Authority to grab a spade was Assistant Chief Executive, Craig Dryden.

He said it’s been an “absolutely tremendous effort” from the community, with a huge amount of sand being shifted.

There’s still a lot more sand to shift from Porthcressa but Craig feels they’ve “broken the back” of the job. Another clean up may be organised for next Sunday.

He says Council staff will now try to sweep the remaining sand from St Mary’s roads, to ensure the island looks tidier for Easter.

Amanda Pender of the Islands’ Partnership says she really enjoyed the clean up she led on Bryher, which included picking up litter, cutting hedges and strimming pathways.

She said she’ll discuss organising something similar next year with the board of the tourism body.

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