Local businesses pitch-in to make the Exe Estuary cleaner and safer

Posted on: 22 May 2018

Exmouth businesses teamed up with almost 150 volunteers last Saturday to clean-up the Exe Estuary, making it safer for visitors and recreational users of this popular beauty spot.

The Exe Estuary Management Partnership has coordinated 21 clean-up events over the years, resulting in a notable decrease in general rubbish being found at the protected Local Nature Reserve in Exmouth.

This time round the volunteers were able to remove numerous hazardous items from the foreshore, which would have presented a significant danger to recreational users or families who visit the Reserve.

Hazardous items found included a razorblade, sheets of sharp-edged metal, a large rusty railing and a large knife. The estuary is unquestionably a safer place to visit following the good work of the volunteers.

Other unusual items found included street cones, an ornate clay smoking pipe, a very corroded old bike and a large amount of soles from shoes.

These clean-ups can only take place with the support from local businesses, who loyally sponsor the event year after year.

To the delight of the volunteers, Stuart Line Cruises were able to offer a free cruise of the estuary with and ACE Music providi the music on board the cruise. ng the on-board music.

Krispies Fish & Chips provided volunteers with a free lunch and McDonald’s volunteers from Exeter High Street, Exeter Marsh Barton and Exmouth restaurants got their hands dirty. The Exmouth branch provided free refreshments before the clean-up.

The RSPB were able to help remove the large items from the Reserve with their tractor, and East Devon District Council provided free parking for volunteers, equipment and removal of the rubbish collected.

Councillor Jeff Trail, Chairman of the Exe Estuary Management Partnership,

Councillor Jeff Trail BEM

said: “It was a pleasure meeting all the volunteers who turned out to help clean part of The Exe Estuary. The sun shone and all were enthusiastic to get out onto the Exe to do our bit for the future and protection of the Estuary. All our sponsors are thanked yet again for their fantastic support. As usual Steph ensured that the safety of all who attended was clarified prior to getting stuck in and a good morning’s work was had by all. Please book early for our next sweep to avoid disappointment.”

Exe Estuary Officer Stephanie Clark said: “With recent coverage of the issues of litter in the marine environment, we thank all of our volunteers for working hard to ensure the Exe Estuary is cleaner and healthier for the protected wildlife that live here. As a popular spot for visitors, it’s great to know that hazardous items have been removed, so that people can safely enjoy this beautiful area.”

Ian Stuart, owner of Stuartline Cruises, said: “The Exe Estuary is not only a hugely important wildlife habitat it is a fantastic place to live and work in. We are very lucky to have such a beautiful asset on our doorstep and we are delighted to be able to support any efforts to ensure it stays that way for many years to come.”

Tim and Kelly Barnes, the owners of Krispies, said: “As a business with customers and employees in Exmouth, we were delighted to have the chance to continue to support this really worthwhile event, both through providing fish n’chips for all those involved and by volunteering.”

McDonald’s franchisee David Shawyer, who owns and operates three restaurants said: “I was really proud to see local businesses come together and help tidy up Exe Estuary. It’s a key priority of ours to ensure that the local area remains free of litter and an enjoyable place to live, work and visit. We look forward to continuing to work alongside the Exe Estuary Management Partnership in the future.”

1 comment on “Local businesses pitch-in to make the Exe Estuary cleaner and safer

  1. Rivkah says:

    Thank you for this post. Its very inspiring.

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