Safer St Austell cleans up Par Beach to mark World Environment Day
Local agencies and volunteers from Safer St Austell litter picked their way across Par beach’s golden sands today to show support for World Environment Day and improve the beach for people to enjoy.
World Environment Day encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution, so the clean-up at Par helped raise awareness of the importance of looking after Cornwall’s beautiful beaches, wildlife and sea and encouraged people to take their rubbish home with them.
The local agencies within Safer St Austell taking part in the beach clean included Cosgarne Hall, Addaction, Community Safety from Cornwall Council and the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. Volunteers from Friends of Par Beach also litter picked and local charity St Austell Community Kitchen (STAK) gave their support by providing a sumptuous picnic.
Safer St Austell includes voluntary sector, public services and the local business community. The partners work on various initiatives within St Austell to help residents and visitors feel safer and benefit the economy by addressing anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime as well as improving the environment.
Cornish manufacturer Kensa Heat Pumps supported the event by giving a donation to Safer St Austell and Clean Cornwall supplied the litter pickers and collected the rubbish.
Stephanie from Kensa Heat pumps said: “As a Cornish manufacturer Kensa Heat Pumps is thrilled to support this local cause, which echoes our ethos to make a real difference to the community and protect our environment.”
Helen Catherall from Addaction and Safer St Austell partner who organised the clean-up said: “Our beach clean to coincide with World Environment Day is just one many positive activities of Safer St Austell. In the past year Safer St Austell has made environmental improvements to St Austell as well as working to resolve local concerns about anti-social behaviour in the town.”
For more information about the work of Safer St Austell visit the Safer Cornwall website at www.safercornwall.co.uk.