Nick Dempsey's New Board Is Rubbish
10:27am 22nd August 2012
Weymouth's Olympic Silver Medal winner, Nick Dempsey's boarded a windsurf made out of marine and beach litter.
He's not taken it onto the water, it's a sculpture made from bottle tops, plastic bags, fishing ropes and cans, put together by local artist Claire Nuttell, and on display at the Chesil Beach centre.
The stunt's in support of a campaign to keep coastal beaches and inshore waters clean.
Matilda Bark from the Dorset Coast Forum and who is part of the Natural Weymouth & Portland Partnership is leading the work on marine litter explained that “Dorset has some of the best beaches in the country and we are keen to keep the beaches litter free during the sailing events. The sculpture has been created to promote the local “Litter Free Coast & Sea” campaign and to grab visitor’s attention so we can ask them to help look after our coast while they are enjoying the Games”.
Nick Dempsey explained that he has been on beach cleans before and always feel really good once he has done it. “It is amazing how quickly the bags fill up with the litter. I think that everyone has done a great job [creating the sculpture] and it’s (Litter Free Coast and Sea) a fantastic campaign.”
Over the next 3 years the Dorset Coast forum and Keep Britain Tidy are leading the project 'Dorset BeachCare' which aims to reduce beachside litter through education and campaigns.
Litter is a big problem as it not only looks awful on our beaches but can also cost councils a lot of money to clear it up. It can also be a safety issue for beach and coastal recreational users as well as it can harm marine creatures, damage fishing gear and recreational boating equipment. The local ‘Litter Free Coast & Sea’ campaign promotes practical action to reduce the amount of publicly sourced litter along the Dorset coast. Matilda also said ‘there are free car stickers to give away to the public to enable them to show their support to this growing campaign. It is important that we all take responsibility and do our bit to reduce this ongoing problem”.
Much of the litter used to create the sculpture was collected by Dorset school children on various Dorset beaches during the last week of term.