It was a lovely sunny morning down at Toward with about 30 people joining us at the club to help with the beach clean and there was a feeling that spring was just around the corner. This year the beach clean covered a larger area from just beyond the primary school at Toward right along to the gated entrance to the Ardyne Estates. They were an enthusiastic and energetic bunch of pickers and I think they would have gone on further if it were not for the pangs of hunger that came after 2 hours of picking.
The amount of rubbish that was collected was staggering – we lost count of the number of bags of general rubbish but from the picture it must be around 30-40 with an assortment of tyres, lumps of iron, half of an old rubber dinghy and the odd bit of clothing including shoes and a pair of trousers. The beach clean was organised in partnership with The Grab Trust and as part of the trial we gathered 8 large clear plastic bags of rigid plastics from the beach clean. The majority of the plastics were plastic bottles and among the smaller the items were the ubiquitous cotton bud sticks, wipes and tampon applicators that people are still flushing down the loo and all that happens is they end up on our beaches or being digested by some of the sea animals.
We thought we would see less rubbish this year due to the easterly winds that have been blowing this winter and whilst there was less rubbish in some areas there was still a very disappointing amount of carelessly discarded items. After the clean we had a well- earned lunch of homemade soup and a roll followed by some cake. Toward Sailing Club would like to thank Inspiring Innellan for their help and support on the day, to the Grab Trust and Argyll and Bute Council for collecting all the rubbish for us on Monday morning and to all the volunteers who gave up their time on a Sunday and did such a marvellous job clearing the beaches.
During the clean we collected donations to the Cowal Nancy Glen Appeal fund and raised a total of £95.00
We are having a community beach clean on Sunday 11th March 2018, from 11.00am at TSC Clubhouse. Pickers, gloves and bags will be provided. Refreshments and facilities are in the Clubhouse. All are welcome to come and join us and help clean up our local shoreline, every bit of help can make a difference to our local natural environment.
Saturday 8 April 2017 had the club hosting a local beach clean in conjunction with Surfers Against Sewage.
A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped out on the day. There was a fantastic turnout and it was great to see so many families enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful surroundings to help clean up our local beaches. Some of our litter pickers were very little but they joined in and helped us to clean the two beach areas in a record time.
About 1/2 the rubbish collected from the beach clean.
The photo of the rubbish is less than half of what we collected. The rest had already been taken to the tip/recycling.
Sadly, there was still a lot of plastic and if you are wild camping in our area please take your rubbish home. A half burnt tent and cans, bottles and disposable BBQ’s were found among other litter items.
A BBQ at the club afterwards was just what was needed after all our efforts!
Post beach clean BBQ
Over 30 enthusiastic people came along to help out with the beach clean on Saturday. This was an event held as part of the South Cowal Community Festival. It was also held in conjunction with Let’s Clean Up Scotland. Fortunately, the weather was extremely kind and the sun shone throughout the proceedings.
The area covered stretched from the beach by old Toward Castle over to Ardyne Bay. Armed with bin bags and grabbers, volunteers swarmed the shore searching for any man-made flotsam and jetsam. There was plenty to collect, including large quantities of plastic fragments, bottle tops, bottles, cotton bud sticks, and everything from paintbrushes to toothbrushes to toy soldiers. A huge number of bin bags were piled up at the clubhouse and later taken by trailer to the recycling centre in Dunoon.
Volunteers enjoyed a barbecue on the Club patio after a job very well done. Thanks to everyone who showed up to help out!