Islanders Being Asked To Support ‘Great Scilly Spring Clean’

scilly spring clean 2014Residents and businesses across Scilly are being encouraged to make a difference by helping to tidy up the islands before the season starts.

The Islands’ Partnership wants islanders to join their second ‘Great Scilly Spring Clean’ on Saturday 28th March and Sunday 29th March.

The first coordinated Spring Clean was held last year, in response to the need to clean up following the severe winter storms during the winter of 2013/2014

IP Co-ordinator Amanda Pender says we didn’t have the same level storm disruption this winter, but rubbish like plastic and fishing nets still washes up on our shores and needs removing.

Amanda says it’s not just about beach cleans either. Just trimming a hedge can help the islands’ look more beautiful, she says.

On the Saturday there’ll be a 9.30am clean up at Bar Point, led by the Wildlife Trust.

The Steamship Company will arrange the activities at Old Town and Porth Minnack at the same time.

In the afternoon, the Duchy will oversee the Porthmellon event at 2pm while the Wildlife Trust will focus on Sharks Pit.

Sunday starts with the Wildlife Trust leading the Porth Wreck clean up and the Council will organise the Porthcressa tidying at 11am.

Between 2pm and 4pm the Islands’ Partnership will concentrate on Town Beach with the Wildlife Trust working at Pelistry.

On the off-islands, beach cleans are being coordinated on the Sunday by Anna Cawthray on St Martin’s at the Island Hall and Amanda Pender at 10.30am at Bryher’s Community Centre, both at 10.30am.

Dean Whillis is managing a Tresco-wide tidy up from Smith Square at 10am and Emma Eberlein leads the work on St Agnes at the Reading Room at 11am.

There’ll be a beach clean on Tean too. St Mary’s Boatmen are arranging travel from the quay at 10am.

Everyone is advised to wear sturdy shoes or wellies and you may also wish to bring gloves as these are not provided.

There are no facilities on Tean, so anyone attending that beach clean should go prepared and take their own refreshments.

“Anyone and everyone is invited to ‘pick up a bag’ and join whichever beach clean they wish,” says Amanda. “It’s all about everyone pulling together to make a difference.”

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