Ben set to tackle the tide of trash

INTREPID adventurer Ben Fogle will return home to kick-off a campaign to help protect and promote his childhood beach.

Ben, who is leading the national campaign to keep Britain’s beaches ‘barefoot friendly’, is on the hunt for a team of trusty volunteers to help him clean up Climping Beach.

He will be joined in Climping by environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), which campaigns for cleaner, safer beaches.

The event, hosted by Ben but organised by Barefoot Wine, will take place between 10am and noon and then later, from 2pm until 4pm on May 6.

Ben, who enjoyed the beauty of the beach as a child, growing up in neighbouring Yapton, said: “I’ve been involved in environmental issues for years and I’m passionate about the outdoors.

“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 2012 Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project saw over three tonnes of litter collected from the UK’s coastline, including a sawn off shot gun, old signage and lots of tin cans.

“A staggering ten tonnes of litter has been removed from our coastline since the campaign began and I’m excited about building on this success and encouraging even more people to get involved.”

Ben’s beach-bound adventure will see him visit a total of 14 beaches.

SAS campaign officer, Dom Ferris said they were excited to join forces with beach-lovers to tackle the tide of trash.

“The record breaking Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project gives the UK’s coastal communities the opportunity to make a real and noticeable difference to the health of our precious coastline,” he said.

The campaign is in its sixth year.

Yona Ellis from Barefoot Wine added: “Ben Fogle is the ideal ambassador to raise awareness of our coastline .”