Search site

Blown away by support for coastal litter pick

Local litter heroes braved the cold wind at Milford on Sea on Saturday (16 June 2018) to take part in New Forest District Council's (NFDC) coastal litter-pick.

Coastal litter pick Volunteers gathered from 10am until 2pm and, armed with their litter grabber sticks and refuse sacks on loan from us, set about cleaning up a stretch of the Milford-on-Sea shingle beach. 

Volunteers, one from as far-afield as London, ventured right up to Barton and all the way down to Milford from the base at Hordle Cliff.

Our Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regulatory Services said (Cllr Alison Hoare), "We have 40 beautiful miles of coastline in our district and I would like to keep it looking beautiful.  Events like this not only help clear up any litter we do find, but also raise awareness of the importance of using a litter bin or taking your rubbish home with you. 

"On a positive note, we did only have around two black sacks full of litter by the end of the event. And whilst any litter is too much litter this does show that the message to take your litter home is working and that most people are taking more care.  Thank you to everyone who came along."

 The majority of the litter collected was small items, in particular lots of fishing rope, bottle tops and cigarette butts but there were also a few bottles, cans, crisp packets and random items like flip flops, a BBQ and a tyre.

 The coastal litter pick was organised by us as part of our 'Leave Nothing but Footprints' campaign which will see posters and banners around the district, particularly in hot spots along the coast and  around the Forest to encourage residents and visitors to 'leave nothing but footprints' and take their litter home. 


(Photo L-R: Cllr Alison Hoare (Portfolio Holder), Cllr Melville Kendal (Chairman), Cllr Christine Hopkins (Milford ward Cllr)) 

Updated: 21 Jun 2018
Powered by GOSS iCM