Cornwall’s beach cleaners gather on 26th March as the Great British Spring Clean begins

The Final Straw Cornwall team and James Mustoe at Porthpean beach

Beach cleaners and environmental campaigners will be carrying out litter picks and beach cleans around Cornwall on Saturday, March 26th as part of the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean.


Local Keep Britain Tidy Litter Ambassadors and environmental campaigners are hosting beach cleans all around the coast to mark the campaign which runs from Friday March 25th to April 10th.


The big beach clean event will also mark the relaunch of our Final Straw Cornwall campaign which is helping businesses to reduce their use of single-use and virgin plastic as the hospitality sector opens up following the huge impact of COVID on plastic pollution in recent years. Final Straw was awarded funding to support this relaunch by Carling Brewery and Brewers Fayre as part of the Carling Made Local Fund.


“COVID has had a huge impact on all of us,” says Pat Smith, founder of Final Straw Cornwall CIC. “One effect has been that it has been hard to gather together to do beach cleans and pick up litter for fear of spreading coronavirus. Yet, as anyone who has been on a beach can tell you, the last two years have seen an increase in plastic pollution. Much of this has been PPE such as face masks and gloves washing up on our beaches. Also many businesses felt forced to go back to single use plastic cups, cutlery and takeaway boxes to help reduce COVID infections. Now we’re finally able to move on, and through Final Straw Cornwall and our partner organisations, we are gathering amazing supporters and volunteers together to put plastic pollution back on the agenda.”

Beach cleans and litter picks will be taking place at the following times and locations on March 26th.  

PORTHPEAN 9am Pat Smith, Final Straw Cornwall (


Pat Smith is founder of Final Straw Cornwall which is now relaunching as a CIC with fellow directors Nicola Sherriff and Viki Carpenter. Businesses which are passionate about reducing plastic pollution can be found on the website to offer customers the choice of supporting organisations which go beyond box ticking and are truly committed to becoming more sustainable. The team are offering business support including plastic audits with support from the Carling Made Local project. Find out more at


CRINNIS 10am James Mustoe. A beach clean and litter pick arranged in two locations for Carlyon Parish on 26th March. This will incorporate Carlyon Bay and the village of Tregrehan Mills as well as Crinnis Beach. 

Visit the Facebook page for information:


James is Cornwall Councillor for Mevagissey and St Austell Bay and as well as his regular work as representative for local people in the area, always finds time to organise community beach cleans and litter picks to love where we live, recognising that as we build back from the pandemic it is more important than ever to hold events to encourage community cohesion and togetherness.


POLRIDMOUTH, nr Fowey 10:30am Andrew Frost, Turn the Tide Cornwall.

One Man, One mission! Andrew is a father of three and his mission is to reduce plastics from our oceans and coastline. He often organises beach cleans and works to raise awareness and make a difference.

Visit his Facebook page for more information:

FALMOUTH Trescobeas park 1:30pm Kirstie Edwards, Plastic Free Falmouth. Visit the Facebook page for more information.


Plastic Free Falmouth is a collaboration of individuals, organisations and businesses who want to stop the needless pollution of our waterways with plastic, in particular single-use.

CROOKLETS & SUMMERLEAZE Bude, 2pm (meet at Rosie’s on Crooklets) Deborah Rosser of Crooklets Recycling and Picking!). 

An enthusiastic bunch of people who love Bude and Crooklets Beach. We work under Keep Britain Tidy’s Beachcare Project and are passionate about keeping our beaches free from marine litter. Join the FB group:

POLDHU or HELFORD PASSAGE 3pm (location to be confirmed based on weather) Carol Hurst (


One Bag Beach Clean was set up in 2018 to encourage people out walking to pick up a bag of rubbish. The group supplies ethically-sourced  re-usable cotton bags and also supports Clean Ocean Sailing in Gweek. The group runs regular beach cleaning community events


HAYLE beach, 3pm St Ives Conservation group. Jennie, Mae and Lisa. A group of local volunteers, affiliated with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, aiming to explore and protect the coastal and marine environment in and around St Ives Bag, sharing our passion for the habitats and species that live here.(


PORTHCOTHAN BAY 4pm Rob Stevenson, Beach Guardian

Visit the Facebook page for more information:


Beach Guardian CIC is based in Padstow. Over the years regular beach cleaning has been done to collect and remove rubbish from the beaches. We also conduct educational workshops with schools and other groups to connect people with the environment to improve health and wellbeing of both people and planet.


PORTWRINKLE WHITSAND BAY 5pm Jed Lewis Rame Peninsula Beach Care.

Charity which cleans beaches in South East Cornwall and raises awareness of pollution affecting our marine environment through plastic art work, media involvement, assisting scientific research, school and public talks and displays and film making.

For more information about the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean visit:

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