Ben Fogle leads volunteers to clean up South Bank beach


The heatwave has led to increased rubbish on Britain’s beaches.


By SWLondoner staff

Ben Fogle led a team of volunteers to clean up the South Bank beach last weekend.

On one of the hottest days of the year, Fogle and the 70-strong group collected 190.5 kilos of rubbish as part of a campaign to keep Britain’s beaches ‘barefoot friendly’.

The event, which is taking place at beaches across the country, was set up by Barefoot Wine and environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage, to encourage people to keep the coast clean.

Items found included animal bones, a pig’s ear, a 10ft pipe and around 15 pairs of shoes, and once the hard work was done the volunteers celebrated with a glass of barefoot wine.

“I’ve been involved in environmental issues for years and I’m passionate about the outdoors,” said Fogle, who also led the project last year.

“A seemingly clean beach can actually have huge amounts of litter and rubbish just hidden beneath the surface, it’s a bit like sweeping rubbish under the carpet.

“The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project makes tackling environmental issues fun and an activity that everyone can get involved with.”

The current heatwave has led to significant increases in the amount of rubbish on British beaches across the country. In Brighton 21 tonnes of litter was collected in one weekend after sunseekers flocked to the beach.

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