Volunteers Clean Up At Fisherrow Sands

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More than 150kg rubbish collected at M&S Big Beach Clean-up 2014

Over 200 local volunteers descended on Fisherrow Sands today to take part in Marks & Spencer’s(M&S) Big Beach Clean-up.

M&S customers and employees were joined by Provost Ludovic Broun-Lindsay, Councillor John McNeil, Musselburgh Rotary Club, the Princes Trust and other local community groups to help free the beach from rubbish and protect the area’s marine life.

Aofe Sandilands, 4, from Bonnyrigg, helps pick-up litter at the M&S beach-clean Fisherrow
The event is run in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and saw litter pickers collecting everything from wrappers, tin cans and pieces of rope to more unusual items such as 40 shoe soles and car tyres.  More than 30 bags of rubbish were collected from Fisherrow beach, weighing in at a staggering 150kg.

Elaine Anderson, store manager at M&S Edinburgh Kinnaird said: “We were absolutely delighted with the turn-out for this year’s Big Beach Clean-up and would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to help tidy Fisherrow Sands. The clean-up is all about bringing the local community together to help protect marine life and the environment, and it was fantastic to see so many people working together, having fun and supporting such a great cause.”

Sheryl Skelton, is team leader for the Princes Trust in Dalkeith, which works with young people to provide them with employability skills. Around 10 volunteers for the organisation took part in today’s beach clean.
Sheryl said: “Our young people joined the beach clean today as part of their team certificate course. Part of the course involves working with different groups, so the event provided the perfect opportunity to do this. We all really enjoyed taking part and it was great to see such a big turn out.”

East Lothian Provost, Ludovic Broun-Lindsay said: “Fisherrow Sands is used by the local community, visitors and tourists across the year, which is why it is so important that we all take an interest in making sure that the beach continues to be an enjoyable place for people to come.  It’s fantastic to see so much litter collected so a big well done to everyone who took part. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it!”

The M&S Big Beach Clean-up is part of M&S’ Forever Fish campaign which is funded by the profits from the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S foodhalls. This year, activities took place across 95 beaches and 45 canals in the UK between 24th and 30th April.

Customers can find out more about the M&S Big Beach Clean-up at www.marksandspencer.com/plana and follow the event on twitter (@marksandspencer or search #beachclean) and facebook (www.facebook.com/marksandspencer).

Volunteers at Fisherrow beach celebrate the end of the clean-up operation this morning

Volunteers at Fisherrow beach celebrate the end of the clean-up operation this morning

The Princes Trust Group, Dalkeith, joins Scott Munro, General Manager M&S Gyle Centre (centre), with findings from today’s beach clean

The Princes Trust Group, Dalkeith, joins Scott Munro, General Manager M&S Gyle Centre (centre), with findings from today’s beach clean

 

Forever Fish

Forever Fish is funded by the profits from the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S Foodhalls. The three year project, launched in 2011 will:

  • Set-up and run ‘School of Fish’, an education programme to inspire 400,000 primary school pupils to learn more about protecting the future of fish;
  • Encourage as many of M&S’ customers and employees as possible to help the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) clean British beaches;
  • Invest over £1 million in WWF projects that help better manage UK fish stocks, such as cod, and protect important species like dolphins and turtles;
  • Help customers make healthy and more sustainable choices by promoting more high quality, sustainably-sourced fish and introducing lesser known and more plentiful species such as Dab and Flounder.

 

The Marine Conservation Society

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK charity dedicated to protecting our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life. Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment. MCS produces the annual Good Beach Guide, the Good Fish Guideand Fishonline on sustainable seafood, as well as involving thousands of volunteers in projects and surveys such as MCS Beachwatch and The Big Beach Clean-up. www.mcsuk.org.

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