Shepherd Neame cleans up at the beach

Shepherd Neame has completed its first series of summer beach cleans.

Faversham-based brewer and pub company Shepherd Neame has completed its first series of summer beach cleans around Kent.

Working with Kent Wildlife Trust, the business organised cleans close to some of its coastal pubs and hotels, including the Minnis Bay Bar and Brasserie, Birchington; the Botany Bay Hotel, Kingsgate; and Marine Hotel, Tankerton.

More than 100 people attended the events, held to help the environment and raise awareness of how to protect the coastline, with the first beach clean taking place during National Marine Conservation Week at the end of July.

Members of the Kent Wildlife Trust’s Marine Conservation Team attended each event, offering information about the impact of litter on marine life and providing Shoresearch surveys for volunteers to capture details of the waste collected.

“We have been really pleased by the success of our first series of beach cleans, with individuals and families from across the county coming along to join in," says Shepherd Neame communications executive Angela Cole. “It has been great to get out and enjoy the glorious weather in some of Kent’s most beautiful locations, working with our Charity of the Year Kent Wildlife Trust to help the environment and raise awareness of our county’s unique marine habitats and wildlife.”

The final clean took place on Sunday 14 August at the Royal Albion Hotel in Broadstairs, with a total of 38.61 kg of litter collected during the events.

"We were really pleased to work with Shepherd Neame this summer to help make our beaches a safer and cleaner place for people and wildlife," says Nina Jones, protected area warden at Kent Wildlife Trust. “With the help of the public, we collected a large amount of waste and had lots of families get involved with some fantastic citizen science to collect useful data on marine pollution."

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