Volunteers needed for 19th Exe Estuary clean-up

Posted on: 9 May 2017

Volunteers who give just a couple of hours of their time this weekend to help clean up the Exe Estuary will be served a free fish supper and treated to a boat cruise as thanks.

This Saturday (May 13) is the 19th Exe Estuary Clean-up, organised by the Exe Estuary Management Partnership which includes Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Teignbridge District Council and Exeter City Council.

People are asked to meet at the Imperial Recreation Ground slipway in Exmouth at 2pm on Saturday 13 May.

Staff from the local McDonald’s will be on hand to offer refreshments prior to the clean. After a couple of hours of cleaning, Tim and Kelly Barnes, owners of Krispies Fish & Chips, have offered to feed volunteers.

Krispies have just won a national award for their chips and all their fish is sourced from fish populations which are at healthy levels.

After eating volunteers will be treated to a free cruise of the beautiful estuary, courtesy of the family-run Stuart Line Cruises. Limited places are available, so anyone interested in attending are asked to email or call Exe Estuary Officer, Stephanie Clark in advance on exeestua@devon.gov.uk or 01392 382236, to book their place.

Gloves and necessary equipment are provided but it is important that volunteers wear sensible clothing and footwear such as wellies or old trainers, and bring sun cream just in case.

Families are welcome, as are friendly dogs on leads; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Exe Estuary Officer, Stephanie Clark, said: “This is another excellent opportunity for the local community to come together and improve the health of our estuary.

“Volunteers offer their time year after year to clear tons of rubbish that accumulates in the estuary, items that can be hazardous to not only wildlife but also the people who enjoy using the site for recreation, such as walking their dogs and kite surfing.

“The support of local businesses, such as Stuart Line Cruises, Krispies Fish & Chips, and McDonalds, has proved incredibly important at all of the events we have run and demonstrates their commitment to the estuary.

“We are also grateful to local organisations such as East Devon District Council and the National Trust, whose help with this event will make a huge difference to the amount of litter that we can clear.

“It is essential for the wildlife, safety and beauty of the Exe that these clean up events continue, but they are completely reliant on your help and support.”

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