St Petrocs clients and staff from our Breadline resource centre in Penzance took time out recently to conduct a beach clean at Long Rock, as part of Surfers Against Sewage Million Mile Beach Clean’ campaign. With St Michaels Mount providing an epic backdrop, the team gathered at Long Rock Beach car park and moved west along the beach towards Penzance for about ½ a mile. As well as picking up plastics and other litter, the team were able to meet and talk to people using the beach (and their very friendly dogs!).

Beach Cleaning with a back drop of St Michaels Mount

Paying particular attention to the high tide line where most plastics can be found, the team collected various microplastics, nylon-based rope and even an old shoe! Of particular concern were the very small pieces of old foam, polystyrene and cigarette butts which were really hard to see!

After all the recent bad weather it was a really good opportunity to get together, get out in the open and enjoy the world, each other’s company and a pasty! As well as being good for the environment, this kind of activity is really good for mental health and everyone felt better for taking time out to do it. The team agreed that this should become a regular activity so watch out for our yellow t-shirts on a beach near you! Come and say hello and we’ll be happy to chat about what we’re up to at St Petrocs and answer any questions.

“Taking part in the beach clean is something that I feel is really important, living in a coastal area it is very close to my heart. We need to look after the areas we live in and keep our beaches clean. Taking the time to enjoy the outdoors and positively contribute to the community makes you feel like you have done something of value for our environment. We were lucky on the day that we had some sunshine it was lovely to spend time with everyone and connect.” Amanda, St Petrocs.

Thanks to Surfers Against Sewage who provided all the equipment the team needed to conduct the clean.