Rotarian Receives Beach Care Award

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 Rotarian Receives Beach Care Award

Congratulations to Wadebridge Rotary Club member, Nick Pickles, on being presented with the 2013 Marsh Award for a Beautiful and Litter Free Countryside, by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

Nick won the award after forming a Beach Care group at Polzeath beach to collect litter and other debris.   (Cornwall Council only cleans the beach in the Summer months).   Nick has involved schools and local residents and 628 volunteer hours have been given to cleaning this beach, which is popular with surfers and families, especially holiday makers.

Sir Andrew Motion, the CPRE president, who presented the award, said that it took dedicated people like Nick to see that when something is wrong, something energetic is done about it.   "His involvement has encouraged people to see their beach differently and actively to go about protecting their beach from marine litter, which is so harmful and damaging".

Modest as ever, Nick said that everyone in his group deserved credit for the award.   He said "Litter, mostly plastic, which can last for hundreds of years, is proving more and more destructive to an increasing number of species.   We have a pressing need to educate all generations to this threat".