Keeping the South West coast beautiful

We're always looking for volunteers to help us keep the South West coast looking great, and safe for everyone to enjoy.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Whether it’s a BBQ on the beach with family, surfing with friends, walking the dog or day dreaming of a coastal paradise. 63% of people consider the coast important to their quality of life and most of us have a special place on the coast loved either for its beauty, breath taking views or personal memories.
 
People of all ages and abilities can get involved in keeping the coast litter free, what we need are volunteers willing to turn out at their local beach and keep the beach clear. National Trust staff and volunteers do lots of beach cleans, and some visitors help out too.
 

Top 10 beach clean finds

 
People find all sorts of funny things on the beaches. The top 10 most unusual beach clean finds:
 
  • BMW parts on Branscome Beach
  • Spanish washing up liquid
  • Parts of an old cooking range, probably from old cottages washed away in the early 1900's on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall
  • A scaffold clamp probably from a Second World War beach defence barrier
  • An unbroken light bulb
  • A telegraph pole weighing 1 tonne
  • A French medicine container
  • A 20 litre oil container
  • Window frame
  • Hot water bottle
 

How much litter is on our beaches?

 
There are two pieces of litter for every footstep you take on a beach.
 
The tide of litter on our beaches sadly appears to be on the increase with quantities of litter on UK beaches have more than doubled since 1994. It’s estimated that over 100,000 marine animals die every year from entanglement or ingestion of items discarded on our beaches or at sea.
 

Take part in a beach clean

We regularly run beach clean events, find one near you on our events page.

Find an event 

Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to walks and runs.