NAVAL BASE STAFF HIT THE BEACH FOR NATIONAL CLEAN-UP

Babcock personnel with Primary Five pupils from Garelochhead Primary.

The Kidston contingent:  Royal Navy personnel and Babcock staff joined by members of the community at Kidston Park.

By Lucy Ashton

PERSONNEL from HM Naval Base Clyde joined members of the local community in Helensburgh and Garelochhead recently for the Great British Beach Clean.

The annual event, which is run by the Marine Conservation Society, sees volunteers from around the UK spend time cleaning litter from shorelines.  This year’s clean was held on Friday, September 24, with both Royal Navy and Babcock personnel participating.

Ten members of the Royal Navy and eight Babcock staff headed to the beach at Helensburgh’s Kidston Park where they were joined by the local Beach Clean Committee.

Meanwhile, at Garelochhead, Babcock staff worked alongside teachers and twelve Primary Five pupils from Garelochhead Primary School. 

Captain Base Safety at HM Naval Base Clyde, Captain Ralph Coffey, said: “It’s great to see the people from across the Naval Base and local community coming together to clean up our beaches and helping to reduce marine pollution.

“Thank you to all the teams and individuals involved for their enthusiasm and commitment to make a positive impact on the local environment.”

Each September thousands of people take part in the Great British Beach Clean.  As well as collecting litter, volunteers also collect data which is passed to the Marine Conservation Society for their International Coastal Clean-up initiative.

By recording the rubbish in a 100-metre stretch of beach the Society can build up a picture of where to target future efforts and help minimise marine pollution. 

Brian McDowall, Babcock Environmental Compliance Manager who helped organise the base’s participation, said: “This is a great opportunity to engage and work collaboratively with the local community while making a real time difference to the surrounding natural environment.”

Last year, Naval Base personnel volunteered at Rhu Narrows and Garelochhead with Babcock donating beach cleaning equipment for use by local community groups and Primary Schools.

This year’s efforts netted 18 bags of rubbish at Kidston and some 16 bags collected at Garelochhead.

For more information on the Great British Beach Clean visit: https://www.mcsuk.org/what-you-can-do/join-a-beach-clean/the-great-british-beach-clean/.

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