The Great Scilly Spring Clean Success!

Wednesday 9th March 2016

Great Scilly Spring Clean 2016 PosterGreat Scilly Spring Clean 2016 Poster

Every year Scilly's business and residents get together to spruce up the Islands following the winter storms, and this year we've had our fair share; since Christmas we’ve had visits from Frank, Gertrude, Imogen and Jake. So the volunteers who turned out at the weekend for the Great Scilly Spring Clean 2016 definitely had their work cut out!

This years' Great Scilly Spring Clean took place slightly earlier in March than usual, to coincide with the national Keep Britain Tidy "Clean for the Queen Campaign"; this campaign is encouraging UK residents to help tidy up our streets, parks and beaches ahead of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations, set to take place in June.

The Isles of Scilly Wildife Trust/Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Islands' Partnership/Visit Isles of Scilly Teams pooled resources once again to encourage local residents and businesses to work in partnership and make light work of what can seem a very daunting task, especially after the winter storms.

Beach clean events were organised on all of the inhabited islands during Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March with nine St Mary's beach cleans taking place, being led by the Council of the Isles of Scilly, The Duchy of Cornwall, Isles of Scilly Travel, the Women's Institute, Islands' Partnership and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust; refreshments were kindly provided following the beach cleans for the volunteers by The Wheelhouse, The Dairy Cafe, Old Town Cafe and Glandore Gallery.

On the off-islands beach cleans were led by Island Fish on Bryher, Tresco Estate and the communities of St Agnes & St Martin's, with refreshments being provided following the beach cleans by Fraggle Rock Cafe, Tresco Estate, Coastguards Cafe and the Sevenstones Inn.

The weather was mostly kind to us.  Following periods of heavy rain over night, Saturday dawned and was windy but mostly dry; just the odd heavy, and on occassion icy, shower to contend with early on but by the afternoon it had dried up nicely.  We were even blessed with a couple of rainbows!

Beach cleans took place on Porthcressa, Porthloo, Shark's Pit, Porth Hellick and Tresco on Saturday morning and Porth Mellon during Saturday afternoon; followed by Old Town/Porth Minack, Toll's Porth/Halangy, Town Beach, Porth Wreck, St Agnes, Bryher and St Martin's on Sunday morning. 

The turn out was fantastic!  Over the five islands we have calculated that TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THREE people attended the beach cleans (this includes individuals who attended multiple cleans) and that FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY THREE bags of rubbish were collected in total!

We would like to congratulate every one for taking part and supporting the beach cleans and thank everyone for their efforts; one of Scilly's many strengths is the community spirit and attendance when events like this are organised!

At the Trust are aware that some of the uninhabited islands are in desperate need of beach cleans; once the weather has settled down and it is safe to land we will be arranging further cleans.  

If this is something that you would like to know more about, or you think you might like to come and join us, keep checking back to our website for details; or why not follow us on FaceBook and Twitter to receive regular updates regarding our work?

Information regarding other upcoming community events which you can get involved with (i.e. Community Archaeology Group site clearances) are also available via our website and the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Beauty Website.

If you're interested in some of the different objects which are currently washing up on our shores check out the attachment below! 


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