Beach Clean Will Attract Hundreds To Chesil
9:59am 15th January 2014
(Updated 10:02am 15th January 2014)
One Portland woman, disgusted by the rubbish the storm's left behind, is gathering hundreds of people to clean Chesil beach.
There are already bags of litter collected by locals lining the shore, and this Sunday (19th January 2014) Volunteer Storm Wallace wants to get it all.
Storm Wallace started up the idea of the beach clean on Facebook with her Mum and a few friends getting involved. She said it was because she uses the beach so often and hated seeing it so full of rubbish. Storm also told us that the debris left on the beach is double what it had been, after the storm washed large amounts of litter ashore. However, 29-year-old Storm says she's now been overwhelmed by people wanting to help and she wants to thank local businesses for their support.
A spontaneous beach clean, which she was involved in last weekend saw a number of dead animals uncovered on Chesil beach; a dead dolphin and, more suprisingly, some dead cows.
Storm wanted to reassure people that any deceased mammals will be gone before the clean this Sunday, "The Crown Estate, who are responsible for the beach, they've offered to pay a company- Portland Skips are going to come and remove the more gruesome items, so none of that will be there this weekend. Also, a lot of local companies have sponsored gloves, heavy-duty bags, pickers for litter-picking, so you won't be expected to touch anything horrible."
Storm continued to say that she's looking into how they got there, "The cows look like they haven't been in the sea that long. My guess would be that they probably drowned in flooding, washed into the sea that way, and were brought ashore. But we are going to look into that more this week, and track the tags to find out where they came from."
The beach clean will start at 10am outside Quiddles Cafe in Cove Corner on Portland, Sunday 19th of January.
Storm asked to thank Underwater Explorers, Portland Skips, Portland Stone, The Crown Estates (landowners), The Spyglass Inn, Portland United Football Club, Blacknool Limited, Synergy Housing and The Sealife Centre in Weymouth for their help.
(Thanks to Izzy Imset from Underwater Explorers for letting us use her photos of last weekend's beach clean)