Junior School Helps Turn the Tide on Marine Litter 

On Friday afternoon, Belhaven Hill's junior school helped Surfers Against Sewage clear a long section of Dunbar's East Beach.

The event was supported by Kate Humble as she makes a sweep around the beautiful coasts of our little island in support of clean and healthy beaches.

She explained the reasons behind the campaign;

"We are extremely lucky to have such beautiful beaches in our country - it’s only right we do what we can to create coastal communities that exist in harmony with nature"

This was the third beach clean that Belhaven Hill has worked on with Surfers Against Sewage. With forty Form 4s, 5s and 6s, four members of staff and two dogs this was by far the biggest yet.

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This was the biggest SAS beach clean so far.

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Surfers Against Sewage had been hoping to do the litter pick on Belhaven Beach but was unable to do so as the Conservation Club had already cleared it of the majority of marine litter in the Autumn term!

Dom Ferris
Dom Ferris from Surfers Against Sewage

Dom Ferris, Surfers Against Sewage's Campaigns and Education Manager said of the school's involvement;

"Belhaven Hill School plays a unique role within the Dunbar community. The fact that 40 young students came down to the beach on Friday brimming with enthusiasm, knowledge and a willingness to roll their sleeves up to help our battle against the marine litter crisis sends out such a fantastic message! Thanks guys.”

After fascinating talks from Dom and Kate Humble it was time to get to work clearing as much litter from the strand as possible.
 

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Kate Humble talks to the children.

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a good haul

an enormous creel

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In amongst the rocks

Samuel with a good haul

Hard at work

Group shot

Friday afternoon was a really good example of how we can work together with other people to achieve something really fantastic.

Working with Surfers Against Sewage we have made a real difference to our local environment.

That is something that we should all be really proud of.
 
Well done to all involved!
Tom Rawson, 08/05/2014