Beach clean-ups at Orwell Country Park and Piper’s Vale

Twelve volunteers joined event organiser Charles Croydon and Ipswich Borough Council Wildlife and Education Rangers Sam Chamberlin and Mathew Garnham to conduct a beach clean along the foreshore of Orwell Country Park.

The Great British Beach Clean, sponsored by Waitrose, is an environmental initiative from the Marine Conservation Society and the event takes place every September across the country.

After high tide, volunteers surveyed a 100m stretch of the foreshore, recording and collecting litter. Common items found included drinks cans, plastics and fishing lines.

The litter-pick brought a huge cargo of 15kg of rubbish – two thirds of it plastic.

Sam Chamberlin said “I would like to thank the organisers and volunteers for their efforts. This is a very popular site for visitors and to see the amount of litter removed from this area of the Country Park is staggering.”

On the same day, Associated British Ports conducted a beach clean at Piper’s Vale. Thirty volunteers removed 20 bags of litter and five buckets of glass from the foreshore.

Beach clean-up events like this will help promote the important work of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Marine Conservation Society, which highlights awareness about protecting landscapes and habitats for the benefit of future generations. For information on future events and current issues please visit Marine Conservation Society at