Marine Conservation Society Nominated for BBC Countryfile Award
The Marine Conservation Society's Great British Beach Clean has been nominated for the Conservation Success of the Year category in the BBC's Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018.
The 2017 event saw almost 7,000 people remove 255,209 pieces of litter from around the UK – an average of 718 pieces of rubbish for every 100m of beach and a distressing 10 percent rise in the amount of rubbish collected over the 2016 event.
'We’re really excited to see our Great British Beach Clean event shortlisted,' says Lauren Eyles, MCS Beachwatch Manager, in a post on the MCSUK website. 'We wouldn’t know as much as we do about where litter is found and what’s out there, if it wasn’t for our amazing volunteers, and what better year than our 25th Anniversary to acknowledge their incredible efforts.'
Countryfile presenter and judge, John Craven, said of the MCS Great British Beach Clean: 'This is a fantastic project, an annual check on just how bad we’re being at disposing of plastic and other items. Recycling the plastic that they find on the beaches is a new aspect of this continuing project - they’re not just cleaning up the beaches, they’re turning it into something useful, which hopefully won’t end up back on the beaches again.'