29 October 2014
Principality staff make waves to tackle local marine litter
Local staff from Wales’ largest building society abandoned their usual beach attire and donned their rubber gloves to remove an impressive 23 sacks of marine litter from two West Welsh beaches.
The clean-up formed part of a UK-wide Autumn Beach Clean Series campaign led by Surfers Against Sewage and supported by The Crown Estate and World Animal Protection.
Principality staff joined forces with 20 students from Neath Port Talbot College to blitz Aberavon beach and were helped by members of the local community to ‘mop up’ at Cefn Sidan Beach in Pembrey. The two beach clean-ups removed an impressive 23 sacks of marine litter, which included ‘ghost fishing gear’ such as nets, rope and wire.
Carly Seldon from Maesteg branch said: “Principality is proud to be at the heart of our local coastal communities, volunteering as ‘beach guardians’ to lead two beach clean-ups, to enhance the coastal environment for both the marine wildlife and the local residents. We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped us to remove so much marine litter.”
Staff from the building society also took part in a beach clean-up at Penarth in September and will be taking part in two more again at Cefn Sidan, Pembrey and Aberavon on Monday 10th November.
Principality is dedicated to supporting local Welsh communities and has proved its commitment to volunteering through a variety of other projects this year including sorting food at a Cardiff food bank and creating a sensory garden at a school in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
Surfers Against Sewage (www.sas.org.uk) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research. According to the charity, the amount of marine litter on UK beaches has more than doubled in the last 15 years.