Exe clean up a success

VOLUNTEERS for this autumn s Exe Estuary clean up will be treated to a cruise along the Estuary as a thank you for their hard work.

VOLUNTEERS for this autumn's Exe Estuary clean up will be treated to a cruise along the Estuary as a thank you for their hard work.

The biannual clean up, this Saturday September 19, is essential for maintaining the health and vitality of the estuary.

And volunteers are needed to help clear the some of the key recreational and wildlife areas of the Exe.

The clean up will take place at two locations: in Exmouth, volunteers will meet on the Imperial Recreation ground at 1pm with Exe Estuary Officer Jenny Lockett.

While at Dawlish Warren volunteers will meet Teignbridge District Council Rangers at the Visitor Centre at 10am.

Darts Farm is providing a tractor and trailer to help collect and clear even more litter and from more remote areas and Stuart Line Cruises will provide a free cruise for all volunteers to enjoy the Exe, as a thank you for their hard work.

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Exmouth's County Councillor Bernard Hughes OBE, Chairman of the Exe Estuary Management Partnership said, "The Exe Estuary Clean Ups are an excellent opportunity for the local community of the Estuary to get together and work to improve the environment and safety of the estuary."

Exe Estuary Officer, Jenny Lockett, said "This will be the fifth clean up of its kind and will hopefully be our biggest and best yet. It only takes a couple of hours to make a massive difference and it is a great chance to meet new friends, catch up with other volunteers met at previous events and do your bit for the estuary."

Anyone from Exmouth who would like to be involved should book a place by contacting Jenny on: (01392) 382236.

The events are supported by Darts Farm, Stuart Line, Jurassic Coast Divers and Exmouth Mussels and are part of an annual National Beach Clean weekend, organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

The weekend involves more than 5,000 volunteers across the UK and last year in excess of 385,659 items of litter were collected from UK beaches.