Over 45 people turned out Sunday 8th April to help with the Beer Village Beach Clean!

The Cleanup, organised by the Beer Village Manager and Beer Heritage Group in cooperation with water technology provider Xylem (Axminster branch) was part of the UK National Spring Clean. It saw many bags of rubbish collected, including numerous pieces of debris which had washed up on the beach in recent storms.

The clean-up was well supported by local community groups including Beer Village Heritage Group, Beer Coastal Community Team, Beer Beavers, Surfers Against Sewage, and villagers, as well as visitors to the Village.

Interestingly wreckage from the Napoli (which was beached at Branscombe in 2007) was found amongst the items collected from the beach clean. BMW car parts, rubber and plastics were all discovered.

Village Manager, Karin Frewin commented “We had a great turn out this morning and I would like to thank Xylem who ran the beach clean with us. It’s great to see local business actively supporting the Village! We had a lot of support from local community group members who collected a lot of rubbish – which is quite unusual for Beer Beach! Everyone’s enthusiasm was great and helped create a superb community event.”

Julie Burke, Xylem’s tendering Manager noted “Xylem Water Solutions are working hard to encourage their employees to get involved in volunteer activities that assist, encourage and educate everyone in protecting our environment. Working alongside community groups enables us to build strong positive networks that sees great initiatives such as the beach clean and hopefully further projects in the future.”

The beach is one of Beer’s major attractions and is regularly cleaned by volunteers. Litter Pickers are available throughout the year at the Fine Foundation Centre.

The Beach Clean is part of a series of activities planned for Beer Village this year as part of the Village Manager, Coastal Community Team and Council’s mission to invigorate the Village for 2019.