Award-winning beach gets a spring clean from volunteers

Local volunteers gathered to clean Tynemouth Beach for the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project. Picture by Barefoot Wine.
Local volunteers gathered to clean Tynemouth Beach for the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project. Picture by Barefoot Wine.

A sea of volunteers helped give an award-winning beach a spring clean.

They came together last Saturday to take part in the clean-up on Tynemouth Longsands organised by the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, which was backed by Surfer’s Against Sewage.

Volunteers Tony Kerr and Margaret Hetherington take part in the clean up on Tynemouth Beach for the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project. Picture by Barefoot Wine.

Volunteers Tony Kerr and Margaret Hetherington take part in the clean up on Tynemouth Beach for the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project. Picture by Barefoot Wine.

The initiative, now at the beginning of its tenth year, encourages people to leave footprints in the sand and not their litter.

And the event on Saturday saw a group of volunteers collect 20.8kg of litter.

All the adults who took part were rewarded with a glass of Barefoot Wine as reward for their hard work.

Olga Senkina, marketing director EMEA at Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, said: “At Barefoot Wine, our mission is to make the world a better place through wine and the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project is a great example of how we do this.

Volunteers Kathy Kerr, Margaret Hetherington, and Tony Kerr take part in the clean up on Tynemouth Beach for the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project. Picture by Barefoot Wine.

Volunteers Kathy Kerr, Margaret Hetherington, and Tony Kerr take part in the clean up on Tynemouth Beach for the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project. Picture by Barefoot Wine.

“We are very proud to have worked with 6,200 volunteers to collect 13 tonnes of litter from UK beaches over the last nine years.”

Dom Ferris, head of community and engagement at Surfers Against Sewage, said: “Over the past decade, it has never ceased to amaze us how incredible community spirit can be – something we see every year at the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project.

“We’ve already had loads of interest from local volunteers working towards our vision of plastic-free coastlines.”

For the last 27 years, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has worked tirelessly to protect the UK’s oceans, waves, beaches and wildlife.