Bad Weather Fails To Dampen Enthusiasm For ‘Scilly Spring Clean’

Volunteers help clean up Town Beach on St Mary's

Volunteers help clean up Town Beach on St Mary’s

Organisers of last weekend’s ‘Scilly Spring Clean’ say the poor weather didn’t seem to dampen people’s enthusiasm.

Carolyn Garman from the Islands’ Partnership says turnout for the beach cleans was actually up on the numbers seen at their first event last year, with over 160 people helping on the two days of activities on Saturday and Sunday.

And she says it was good to see visitors out too, especially on the off-islands.

She said everyone got wrapped up to brave the conditions, even though it felt like they were being ”sandblasted.”

But people managed to warm up afterwards with complimentary hot drinks and biscuits from Spero’s, the Dairy Café, Hell Bay Hotel, the Seven Stones Inn and the Coastguards Café.

Unfortunately the poor weather meant the Tresco clean up was postponed.

There wasn’t as much debris as last winter, following the severe storms in February 2014, but the teams still managed to collect over 750kg of rubbish on St Mary’s alone.

And Carolyn was amazed by the “huge number” of cable ties on Town Beach, while a couple of old tyres were also found there and on Old Town beach.

But the worst discovery of the weekend was on St Martin’s.

Anna Cawthray who organised the beach on that island says the “rather smelly” remains of a dead pilot whale were found on the beach at Great Bay.

Carolyn says coastal communities seem to be taking part in more beach cleans these days, probably because they feel so driven to keep their environment tidy.

She says it was a nice, community event to hold before the start of the season and it’s now likely to become an annual fixture.