Written by Taor Morris. This morning I volunteered some time to spend with the Friends of Polurrian Beach to help them clean the beach. This was my first time doing a Beach Clean. I have been in Cornwall 5 years and have seen posters up on social media asking for people to volunteer their time and I have always thought about it and then think they are on a work day so can't make it, but today I took a couple of hours out of my day to help the environment and I wish I had done so sooner. When you go for a walk on the beach you always notice the rubbish that gets tangled up in the seaweed or corners of rocks, but do you ever pick it up? I can honestly put my hand up and say I rarely do but I am going to make sure from this day forward I make a change because the little stretch of the beach that we managed to do today was still not enough and today, tomorrow and every day on wards more and more rubbish will be washed up on to our shores. I have never seen anything like it. Stuck in the middle of all the tiny teeny bits of white and yellow polystyrene, sponges, wire, netting, plastic bottle lids, crisp packets, general rubbish you will never realise how much waste the seas bring in. Seriously I couldn't believe my eyes when you look and look the junk is never ending. Between about 10 of us this morning we filled 15 black bags of rubbish and this doesn't include the bigger palates and junk found.
Who are Friends of Polurrian Beach and how can you also get involved? It doesn't have to be this beach, you can do the same at all other beaches. All you need is Gloves and a bin bag or two.
Friends of Polurrian Beach is a group of volunteers who are dedicated and passionate about keeping Polurrian Beach (Mullion) clean and safe and beautiful for the benefit of wildlife and humans!
They run monthly beach cleans all trough the year and emergency winter cleans as required following severe episodes of litter and fishing industry debris (including netting and other fishing gear, as well as large plastics) that the beach experiences during severe winter storms.
As result of their commitment The Polurrian Bay Hotel , which also owns the beach, is also increased its commitment to support the Friends of Polurrian Beach by taking care of the dispose and transport of the litter (from what is a very challenging beach in terms of access). At the end of a beach clean, the hotel also provides refreshments and a delicious cake selection for their volunteers
Their beach cleans only last on average about an hour. If you are a local resident or a holiday maker and would like to get involved please do not hesitate to join on the next beach clean.
I found seashells and driftwood, Cans and bottles and much more Like diapers and picnic stuff While walking along the shore. I found cigarette butts and bags And those horrendous soda holders That catch on sea life and twist them In their middle or at their shoulder.
I saw palm trees and jacaranda Waving in the balmy breeze And broken plastic lawn chairs Leaning against the lovely trees. I found six-packer carriers sitting With all the beer bottles inside. I saw pieces of bicycles and big batteries And I swear I almost sat and cried.
But I had too much to do right then Gathering up all that random junk. I carried them to a rubbish bin And I threw it all in, kerthunk! I wondered for the hundredth time The parents these creeps had That let them grow so ill behaved, And so embarrassingly bad.
What kind of selfish brat can come And look out on this lovely scene And throw their rubbish all around? How can they be so mean? It makes me hope for recompense; That what goes around come again And we can stash these human pigs Into an appropriate kind of pen.