Beach Buddies move inland to Marine Drive

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Beach cleaning with a difference will take place this weekend when Beach Buddies move slightly inshore to tackle one of the island’s favourite coastal walks.

In response to reports from the public, the charity will have volunteers in action on the Marine Drive, and is hoping it will attract first-time volunteers.

‘To be honest, we don’t always get a good response from the people of Douglas when we stage a beach cleaning event in their area, so this time we’re hoping that we will see some new faces joining us in tidying up the Marine Drive, just before the start of the tourist season,’ said a Beach Buddies spokesman.

‘This is a beautiful coastal walk, and is used by hundreds, probably thousands, of dog walkers every month, so we hope that the people of Douglas will want to come along and help us.’

Beach Buddies provides all the necessary equipment, and is keen to see first-time volunteers and families.

‘We are working to try to break the chain of people carelessly throwing rubbish in the streets, and the answer to this is to engage the younger generation from as early an age as possible to understand the damage that can be caused to wildlife by items as simple as a bottle top, a plastic bag or a fast food container.’

Sunday morning’s session starts from the Douglas end of Marine Drive at 10.30am.

Volunteers can stay for a little or as long as they like.

It’s not strenuous, and any heavy items are tackled by experienced Beach Buddies’ volunteers.

Marine Drive is part of the Raad ny Foillan.

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