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05 Jun 2019

Partners help turn the tide on plastics with Liverpool shoreline clean-up

Volunteers from Peel L&P have cleaned up a stretch of shoreline along the Mersey as part of a national ‘Great Plastic Pick Up’ campaign.

Staff from South Liverpool Homes, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Sailing Club and Peel L&P cleared a skip and van full of plastic litter washed up from the Mersey Estuary at the 70-acre Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve.

The event, part of a Keep Britain Tidy campaign to help turn the tide on beach pollution, means local people can continue to enjoy the fantastic reserve which runs from Blackburne Street to Speke Hall. 

Merseyside Police also took part in the clean-up and the rubbish has been sorted and recycled correctly.

Cathy Bennett from South Liverpool Homes who organised the event said: “We had a great turn out today at the shoreline clean up and lots of plastic was collected as part of plastic clean up month.  Thanks to the City Council, Peel L&P, the Liverpool Sailing Club, Merseyside Police and the member of the pubic who came to help.  We really made a difference and hopefully this will alert others into thinking about what they dispose of in our waterways and on our shorelines and the impact it has on our local wildlife and wider environment.”

Louise Morrissey, Director of Land and Planning at Peel L&P, who own and manage the coastal reserve and added: “The reserve opened in 2006 and is a great asset to the local community and we’re glad to have supported South Liverpool Homes and been part of this event for the benefit of the environment and nearby residents.”

Peel L&P’s David Thompson and David Harvey helped to organise and took part in the event with Nicole Tranter and Luke Haslam.

The clean-up took place on Wednesday 29 May 2019.

The Liverpool Echo’s article on the coastal reserve published on 19 May 2019 further highlights the special place that the reserve is