It’s been an amazing summer here in Snowdonia, bringing with it some incredible weather for us to enjoy the miles of sandy beaches that we have. It is always wonderful to see so many people coming to the area and enjoying the landscape. But sadly, this volume of people does take its toll on the landscape and more specifically the litter that is left on the beaches. We naturally are passionate about this ourselves and so wanted to highlight the beach cleans in Snowdonia, North Wales…
The organisation, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is a charity set up to tackle this issue nationwide. As part of their stand against plastic, they organise beach cleans. One of which is called The Big Autumn Beach Clean and it is set to take place this half term; 19th-27th October.
They hold two big events held each year; The Big Spring Beach Clean and The Autumn Beach Clean. Here they highlight their efforts through social media and advertising, encouraging as many people as possible to get involved and help clean our beaches. It works. The statistics for the spring clean 2019 alone involved 45,000 volunteers who removed 71.7 tonnes of plastic waste from 757 beaches, rivers and mountains across the UK.
Through a Regional Representatives training programme, they recruit and educate volunteers on global issues faced by the coastlines. These representatives then go back into their local communities where they lead beach cleans, give educational talks and connect with local councils to encourage them to take part. We have a number of regional representatives in the Snowdonia area, including Sian Sykes of Psyched Paddle Boarding (www.psychedpaddleboarding.com) and Meg Pugh of Wild Swim Snowdonia (www.wildswimsnowdonia.co.uk).
Along with the bigger events, there are tools a resources available from their website for you to use if you want to organise your own beach clean. Head over to the SAS website to see how you can get involved and what you can do to help: www.sas.org.uk
We think it’s an incredible organisation and fantastic for what they are doing. So if you are here with us this half term and you would like to get involved, then make sure you get your name down and sign up for a beach clean – we will see you there!