Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Harlech Beach Clean 2011

Hurricane Katia was on its way as Jenny briefed us volunteers for the annual clean-up of Harlech beach. The Snowdonia Society does this every year after the tourists have gone. Volunteers came from as far away as Chester and Rhos-on-Sea but the rubbish from much further – milk cartons from Wexford.

All sorts of garbage but mainly lots of plastics which end up in oceanic gyres; massive, slow rotating whirlpools. The North Pacific Gyre, the most heavily researched for plastic pollution, spans an area roughly twice the size of the United States!

The 38 bin liners full of the rubbish we collected will go a very small way to tackling the problem. We need to rethink the way we live. Here’s a film of the windswept volunteers busy on the beach.

Next litter pick is Snowdon on 7th October 2011. Meet at the Snowdon Mountain Railway at 07:40 for an early morning ride up on the service train and walk back down the Llanberis path. Alternatively meet at Pen y Pass at 09:45 to join the guided litter collecting walk on the Pyg and Miners tracks. This is what it was like on last year's Snowdon litter pick:

Contact Jenny at the Snowdonia Society if you would like to join in.

Jenny Whitmore

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