DATE PUBLISHED: 28 May 2019 LAST UPDATED: 15 Mar 2021

Ellis Jones take on Chesil Beach clean

On Friday 24th May eight volunteers from Ellis Jones Solicitors joined Dorset Wildlife Trust for a Chesil beach clean as part of a corporate sponsorship. The volunteering day gave staff members the chance to learn more about Chesil beach, and the importance of doing a litter pick.

The day started with an introduction to the Dorset Wildlife Trust and Chesil team that we would be spending the day with. A short talk was given on the unique nature of Chesil beach and the growing issues of marine litter. We discussed some fantastic ways to reduce plastic both at home and as a company.

Following the informative talk, we got kitted up with gloves, rubbish bags and litter pickers, and headed to Chesil Cove at the base of Portland to begin our beach clean. Along the beach we picked up vast amounts of plastic bottles, wrappers, wooden planks and fishing netting. We also found natural litter along the shore which included mermaids purses, crab shells, cuttlefish and seaweed.

When we got back to the Chesil Beach Visitors Centre we gathered together all of the litter collected, the large amount collected was truly surprising as at first glance the beach looks perfectly clean.

After lunch we were given a guided walk around the Portland quarries nature reserves, and explored the sculpture park in Tout Quarry reserve. The day concluded with looking over the incredible views of Weymouth and West Dorset.

We had a fantastic day cleaning the beach and exploring Portland, and truly look forward to planning the next one. We would like to say a massive thank you to Dorset Wildlife Trust for helping us arrange the day, and a special thank you to Sally Cooper, Sarah Hodgson and Alastair Cook.

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