ECO WAR­RIORS

Carsethorn beach clean crew get to work

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - Stephen Nor­ris

The Dum­fries and Gal­loway Eco War­riors drew 50 vol­un­teers to Carsethorn for a ma­jor beach clean-up.

Af­ter a safety brief­ing, the team stretched across the beach and quickly gath­ered nearly 70 bags of rub­bish.

Among the ma­te­rial col­lected on Sun­day were fish­ing line, cans, dolls and many plas­tic items.

Elas­tic bands, bot­tles, a tyre and poly­styrene were also gath­ered up be­fore the tide came in.

Eco War­riors co-founder Laura Howieson said: “Our vol­un­teers could not be­lieve the amount of waste on the beach.

“One of the worst things were lots and lots of wipes which had ob­vi­ously been flushed down the toi­let.

“We had a great turnout and the day stayed dry. The Steam­boat Inn pro­vided us with a light lunch which was much ap­pre­ci­ated.

“Over­all it was a fan­tas­tic day and we thank ev­ery­one for at­tend­ing.”

The Eco War­riors was set up in Jan­uary by Laura and pals Fiona Roger­son and Lot­tie Glover in an ef­fort to fight en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion.

Laura said: “We are do­ing this to clean our beau­ti­ful beaches and raise aware­ness of the dan­gers to wildlife and the en­vi­ron­ment of throw­ing plas­tic and other harm­ful stuff away, both on land and at sea.

“We also want to ed­u­cate oth­ers and the next gen­er­a­tion. It is a good way to so­cialise, ex­er­cise and en­joy our beaches while help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Carsethorn was the group’s 10th beach clean this year. More are planned.

Rub­bish Old nets and lit­ter from the 1970s, be­low Phew! Kids take a break against bags of lit­ter

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