Beach clean events
Update; Due to coronavirus restrictions, some organisations have cancelled coordinated beach cleans whilst others are now restarting a carefully managed programme.
Please contact the organisers to check whether an event is taking place
For those who wish to help keep our beaches clean and safe, and to contribute to research on marine litter - this page lists regular beach cleans taking place along the Norfolk Coast.
If you organise beach cleans or regularly take part please let us know the details so we can promote them for you. Email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
2 minute beach cleans
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: 20 October 2020
The #2 Minute Team had to withdraw their #2minutebeachclean #2minutelitterpick and #2minutestreetclean stations during the coronavirus outbreak to minimise the risk of infection. As lockdown eases and areas face localised restrictions, they advise that the stations can go out but without equipment for the time being - as education tools only - unless guardians and owners can find a way of ensuring they are sanitised between each use.
The #2 Minute Foundation is a registered charity that is devoted to cleaning up our planet 2 minutes at a time and believe that simple, achievable acts can add up to make a great difference. Further details are on their website https://beachclean.net/
#2minutebeachclean boards, which encourage people to spend 2 (or more) minutes picking up marine litter and plastic pollution, are positioned around the Country and each has a guardian who looks after it day to day. See Norfolk coast locations below.
Use the #2minutebeachclean tag on social media to spread the word and tag us too if you've taken part within the AONB on @NorfolkAONB
Sponsored by North Norfolk District Council; East Runton - guardian is NCI Coastwatch
Walcott - guardian is Kingfisher Café Cromer West - guardian is Reef Stop Café
Sheringham East - guardian is The Mo Sheringham West - guardian is RNLI
Sponsored by Anglian Water;
Hunstanton promenade - guardian is Oasis Leisure Centre Old Hunstanton - guardian is Beach Café
Sponsored by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, who are also guardians; Cley Marshes at NWT Beach Car Park
Sponsored by Norfolk Waste Partnership; Overstrand
Sponsored by Sandy Hills Caravan Park, also guardians; Mundesley at Sandy Hills Caravan Park
Sea Palling - guardians are Sandy Hills Amusements
Winterton - guardian is Winterton Dunes Beach Cafe
Hemsby - guardian is Hemsby Beach Cafe
Norfolk Beach Cleans on Facebook
Emma Sturman is the founder of 'Norfolk Beach Cleans', a Facebook page created in January 2021 to advertise beach clean events to local communities to encourage people to get involved.
The area they are active in is East Norfolk (Caister-On-Sea, Great Yarmouth & Gorleston-On-Sea), but there are plans to venture further around the coast in the future.
All their future beach clean event details can be found on the Norfolk Beach Cleans Facebook page on the event section: https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkBeachCleans
To give Emma an idea of the number of people to expect at the event, please RSVP as 'Going' or contact her via email at: email@example.com
Sheringham Beach Clean
Depending on national and local covid-19 restrictions, the monthly beach cleans at Sheringham will be held on the dates below, at 10 am on the West Prom.
Contact Bob Smith firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on meeting place and times and news of date or time changes due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Bob's message in January 2021 is as follows:
Please find below the list of dates for the 2021 Sheringham beach cleans. As is usual they are all held on Sundays and start at 10 am from the West Promenade outside the Tidal Wave cafe. Unfortunately due to the current pandemic so I am not able to organise formal beach cleans, however I will be taking my exercise on the beach on the following dates, and will be doing my own clean. As before, if you are visiting the beach for your own exercise please feel free to do your own clean and leave any bags of rubbish in the usual place next to the rubbish bin on the promenade or at the bin by Marble Arch toilets.
The proposed 2021 dates are:
January 24, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 17, November 21 and December 12.
RSPB Titchwell Beach Cleans
Various dates - see link below;
These events are free to attend, but RSPB Tichwell do require you to let them know that you're coming by booking a free ticket via Eventbrite at;https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/plastics-clean-up-at-titchwell-beach-tickets-75149455043
RSPB Titchwell may need to contact you in case of cancellation or change in timings. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing. Litter pickers, gloves and litter disposal will be provided. There are public toilets and café facilities on site, although please note that these are a 1km walk from the beach. Children are encouraged to attend, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
Snettisham Beach Clean
Trinity Rotary Club and Snettisham villagers organise beach cleaning at Snettisham Beach starting at Snettisham Beach car park.
Contact Hazel Bloor email@example.com for more details if you wish to support their next event.
North-east Norfolk beach cleans
For information on the latest community beach cleans at Bacton, Sea Palling, Walcott, Ostend, Happisburgh and Mundesley, go onto the North Norfolk Beach Cleans Facebook page.
West Norfolk beach cleans
Erna Gotyar in King's Lynn also arranges beach cleans – see article: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/erna-gotyar-rooting-for-earth-1-6158444
She can be contacted for future dates by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cley & Salthouse beach cleans
There are beach clean events suitable for all ages throughout the year. Help the Norfolk Wildlife Trust to clean up the shore to benefit coastal wildlife. In the event of adverse weather please contact the Cley Visitor Centre in advance to check for cancellations. All equipment provided.
Please call the visitor centre to book: 01263 740008
2021 dates: All events 10.30-12 noon.
Saturday 2nd January
Saturday 6th February
Saturday 6th March
Saturday 3rd April
Holkham Beach cleans
Help keep the shores of Holkham clean, tidy and free of plastic. Contact Holkham on 01328 713111 or check the website at https://www.holkham.co.uk/job-vacancies/list/category/volunteering
Litter clearing equipment
North Norfolk District Council; contact on 01263 513811 or email email@example.com. There is a report about one of their beach cleans at https://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/new-beach-clean-gear-at-north-norfolk-district-council-1-5750280
Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk; ten-person kits are available to book by calling 0800 2532687. Groups that have been booking kits regularly in the past will be presented with equipment to keep. There is information about two local conservation groups that have benefitted from these at https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/news/article/642/the_community_clear_up_continues_in_west_norfolk
Beachwatch Big Weekend
The MCS link will keep you updated on the Big Weekend event and others - go to Marine Conservation Society website and find out which Norfolk beaches are taking part this year.
National Trust, Blakeney and Brancaster sites usually take part each year. Details of their sites can be found at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regioneastofengland/norfolk-coast