Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group is asking people to reuse and recycle the things they find on the beach this summer.
With the help of local builders merchants Builders Supplies, they have installed a new Beachcombing Box adjacent to the popular seafront car parking area at Cleveleys, just north of Blackpool.
Beach users are invited to leave useful things here that they find washed up by the tide. The initiative is intended to encourage people to think about what they leave behind after a day on the beach.
Jane Littlewood is chair of the group and wanted to put the many beach toys that get collected to good use. Jane says “after a spell of sunny weather we always pick up such a lot of toys, many of which will have gone into the sea at Blackpool.
“So we asked our friends at Builders Supplies if they could help. In no time at all they’d made us a box out of an old wooden crate and delivered it to the very spot while we were out beach cleaning.
“It seems such a shame not to put things to good use, especially the toys that are in good condition.
“Obviously we want people to continue to put rubbish in the usual bins. But things that have a use should be reused, not just added to landfill.”
The crate is also somewhere to put the beach combing treasures that people find but don’t want themselves.
Jane adds “lots of interesting things get washed up that people use in their gardens. Interesting pieces of driftwood, fishing buoys and nets are just a few examples.
“If you find something nice or useful please put it in the recycle box for others to find.
The idea has been exceptionally well received by the community. The Facebook post on the Rossall Beach Buddies page is going viral as people welcome the idea. It’s not just here on the Fylde Coast where it’s been well received, beach groups all over the UK are planning them for their shores.
It’s just one of the many things that the group has done at Rossall Beach to make it a better place for the people who use it.
Last year they installed additional information boards outlining the special environment and how we can all help to look after it.
The Rossall Beach Group is once again hosting the Marine Conservation Society Big Beach clean on Sunday 22 September. Everyone is welcome to join in or pop along to find out about how to get involved. There will be information stalls about the group and how you can do your bit – even from your own home.
More at www.rossallbeach.org.uk