VICTORY STAFF VOLUNTEERS GET STUCK INTO BEACH CLEAN-UP
Twelve members of staff from a north Norfolk housing association have spent a morning helping to clean up a local beach – and removed over 30kg of plastic, fishing twine, polystyrene and other rubbish from the sands and groynes.
The dozen, from Victory Housing Trust, volunteered to take part in the clean-up at Walcott beach with North Norfolk Beach Cleans, part of the Marine Conservation Society. It is the fourth time that a team from Victory has taken on a beach clean on this stretch of coastline.
The Victory employees were taking advantage of a scheme in which the Trust allows staff up to three volunteering days a year to undertake community projects.
Jo Todd, community development officer at Victory, was one of those taking part. She said, “TV programmes like Blue Planet have raised awareness about the damage that plastics and other discarded items like fishing twine can do to wildlife and the environment.
“In addition, our beaches are a vital part of the tourism industry on which so many people in north Norfolk rely for their livelihood.
“The team really enjoyed tackling the task of trying to make the beach pristine again. We really value the opportunity to do something practical to help the community; everyone worked really hard, and we were staggered at just how much rubbish and detritus we collected.”