A previously polluted area of Wirral coastline has been transformed thanks to a group of volunteers. Residents of Rock Park have cleared an area of beach which, due to unsightly debris washing up on the tide line, was previously unvisited by locals or families.
The hardy group of volunteers started their clean-up efforts in September 2015. With the help of Wirral Council, who provided a skip and sacks for the removal of waste and debris, the team cleared years of waste from the area.
Speaking of the Council partnership Alan Thompson, one of the group’s original organisers, said, “We provided the legwork, they provided the resources to make it a success. We’ve also received help from the local yacht clubs who launch their watercrafts in the area with particularly heavy rubbish removals.”
Following their first event they made regular visits to the area to prevent it from returning to its previous state. The group, of around 12 regular volunteers, now meets approximately every 6 weeks to carry out clean-ups with the nearby Refreshment Rooms restaurant offering them free tea, coffee and warmth to reward their hard work.
Alan continued, “We’re just a group of people who want to make a difference. Since we began clearing the area we’ve seen massive improvements as dogwalkers, runners and even some families have started to use the beach for leisure activities.”
Alongside their litter-picking efforts the group are also trying to raise awareness to local people about the rubbish that ends up in the water before cluttering the shoreline. “We’re letting people know what we’re doing but also, if there was less rubbish, the issue would be less.”
The next Rock Park clean-up will take place as part of National Beach Clean Day on Saturday 15th September meeting at 10.30am at The Refreshment Rooms, Rock Ferry, CH42 1LS. If you’d like to learn more you can email the group direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.