18th October 2013
Volunteers flock to Yorkshire's beaches to improve their appearance and safety
For over 65 years, Yorkshire
Wildlife Trust has been dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitats in
Yorkshire, allowing locals and visitors alike to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
This fantastic charity safeguards our ecosystems in order to create Living
Landscapes and Living Seas. To date, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has received £392,402 funding from players of
People's Postcode Lottery, helping its volunteers achieve their aims.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust recently organised Beachwatch
Big Weekend, a two-day beach clean that took place at Spurn and
Flamborough. This was part of a nationwide campaign coordinated by the Marine Conservation Society that saw people
across the country collecting rubbish from their local beaches. Participants of
all ages were given the opportunity to
learn about the dangers of marine litter and help to reduce its effects.
"The event is for the Living Seas Centre, which is new for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust”, explained Communications Officer, Joanna Richards. "We hold a lot of marine-based activities and the beach clean is basically encouraging people to come down, walk along the beach, pick up anything they see and put them in big bags.”
Events like this are a fantastic way to encourage local
people to spend time outdoors and experience nature firsthand. The volunteers
on the day were keen to express their enjoyment and encourage others to take
part in similar events.
"It's nice that there are people, adults and children, doing what they're doing", said Terry Oliver, one of the Beachwatch Big Weekend volunteers. “They're helping other people basically by coming out and volunteering today. They're doing a lot of good for other people."
As well as organising marine activities like this, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust works hard to protect both rural and urban areas and encourage sustainable living. This amazing organisation has gone from strength to strength, with thanks to the continued support of our players.