Now that lockdown has been eased and more people are starting to venture out to enjoy Dorset’s beaches, campaigners have launched a new message to remind visitors to take their litter with them.
Recent good weather has seen hundreds of people flock to Dorset’s beaches and inevitably, huge amounts of litter has been left behind, something that wasn’t an issue during the lockdown.
Litter Free Dorset and Litter Free Coast and Sea have joined together to promote the new campaign to keep Dorset clean, pointing out the dramatic change in the photos people are sharing now, compared to the ones being posted during lockdown.
If you are visiting the beaches, make sure to think twice before making your journey, particularly if you think it is going to be busy – you must maintain social distancing at all times. In addition, remember to take all your litter home with your or to use the bins provided around Dorset’s beauty spots.
The campaign is inviting people to share their photos taken from lockdown showing beaches and other areas litter free to compare them to more recent pictures where litter has been left by visitors.
Speaking to reporters, Stuart Beckingham, a representative of Litter Free Coast and Sea, said: “In lockdown, those that were lucky enough to live within walking distance of the beauty spots were sharing pictures of pristine beaches and parks, but now that lockdown is easing, we’re seeing much higher levels of litter coming back on to the beaches.
“Our natural environment is one of the biggest assets we have, that’s why so many people want to come and enjoy it, as well as our local people. We want to remind them to be responsible by taking their litter home. It’s important for our health and wellbeing to enjoy these natural spaces and its important to be able to attract people here.
“We want people to share their beauty spot images from around Dorset taken during lockdown and use the hashtag #KeepItClean to raise awareness and to remind everyone to keep these areas litter free.”
One of the images used in the campaign is the below, taken by our own Caroline Richards.