Beach Clean at Par – Looking after Cornwall

We have some lovely friends who are geocachers and recently as part of a joint effort with other geo cachers, they were taking part in a beach clean at Par beach in Cornwall. We decided we would join them with the boys, as I want them to see the consequences of littering, and to teach them the importance of looking after the beautiful county that we live in.

Whenever we go to the beach or for a walk anywhere, I make sure we take something to put our rubbish in, but this was our first time on an organised beach clean.

When we arrived at the beach and met up with our friends Richard and Claire, I was surprised how many people had shown up! Apparently beach cleans are included as ‘caches’ for geocachers to join in with on the geocaching.com website, and some of the people who had arrived were from different counties.

If you want to read up on what geocaching actually is, then you can pop to geocaching UK for more information! I really think it’s lovely that beach cleans are included as caches and there is even a motto of ‘Cache in Trash Out’.

The boys wore some tabards to protect their clothes, that had been donated by Clean Cornwall for the day, along with some litter grabbers that the boys had great fun practicing by picking up stones with!

Beach Clean Up Practice - acornishmum.com

Before we arrived the boys were a teeny bit grumpy about being woken up to do cleaning, but that didn’t last for long. I was very proud of how stuck in they got to the cleaning, and how much they even enjoyed it.

Beach Clean Par - acornishmum.com

There was a reward of two geo cache tokens for the people that found the most bizarre item, and the boys were thrilled to win one of them. The winning item they found was a gas fire lighter that actually still worked! I think the other prize went to the people who found a printer. Now that the boys have a geocache token, they are keen to try out geocaching, so I think we will be trying one with Richard and Claire soon.

There were a few other odd finds including a car park sign, and we even dug up a full size wooden pallet, which we spied because there was an old sack attached to it that was on the surface.

Beach Clean - acornishmum.com

You can see in the photo below a lot of the lovely people who took part in the beach clean – I’m hiding at the back and just how much rubbish we collected in just an hour and a half.

Beach Clean Group Photo - acornishmum.com

I definitely think we will be joining in with more beach cleans, and I think in future they will be much more keen to pick up rubbish when we are out as well. The beach clean worked as not only a lesson in the importance of looking after where we live, but also as a lesson in the difference between natural and man-made things.

After the third time of trying to put seaweed or bird feathers in the bin bags, the boys realised what did and didn’t belong on the beach. When we left the beach they were also treated to a trip to the bakery for lunch and any sweet treat that they wanted to go with their lunch, so I suspect for this alone they will be keen to go again.

Have you ever joined in with a beach clean or done a geocache?

Stevie x

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  1. 3 May 2015 / 11:49 pm

    I’ll be doing a geo cache soon because it’s featured in one of midges school projects but j can’t say it’s something I’m going to be keen on its just not my thing all this map reading a faffing about! I’ve not a beach clean before either but it’s something I’m keen to do, even joining a local town one would be good it’s amazing how many litter around :( x

    • 4 May 2015 / 12:19 am

      When we do ours I’ll be leaving the technical working out where to go bits to others, I’ll just enjoy the walk ;) I can hardly work out how to use my sat nav for the car! Ha,

      Stevie xx

  2. Penny Pincher (Dawn)
    4 May 2015 / 12:09 am

    Unfortunately I don’t live near a beach but it’s a really good idea to get the kids involved with; it may make them more aware about the mess they make at home and don’t pick up lol xx

    • 4 May 2015 / 12:20 am

      If only! I’ve started leaving their room to them to do now they are older and really have to force myself not to tidy it during the day when they haven’t!

      Stevie x

  3. 4 May 2015 / 10:39 am

    We do beach cleans here on the Wirral, it always amazes me the things that people leave or dump in beautiful places. Littering annoys me so much it’s untrue, I have been known to chase people brandishing a discarded item and telling them they dropped this or that ha! X

    • 4 May 2015 / 10:13 pm

      It’s a disgrace isn’t it?! I really can’t understand how some people can be so lazy!

      Stevie xx

  4. 4 May 2015 / 10:59 am

    I would love to be involved in a beach clean if I lived near one. I’m always amazed that people think it’s ok to drop litter where ever and when ever with no regard to the impact it has on wildlife, people’s safety and the general appearance of the surroundings. It doesn’t take much effort to pop your rubbish in a bag and take it home! Right, I’ll step off my soap box now.
    However…I am considering donning a high vis tabard and attacking my husband’s tip that he calls a study. Please may I borrow your super boys to help me. I’m sure that there’s treasure to be found!! xx

    • 4 May 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Ha if you do ‘high vis’ his study make sure you get some photos for a blog post ;) My boys usually need some sort of bribery to be helpful, they’re pretty cheap labour though ;)

      Stevie xx

  5. 4 May 2015 / 6:33 pm

    Wow that’s a really good thing that you did joining in with the beach clean. It is a shame how litter ends up on our beautiful beaches, so I am always appreciative of these organised clean-ups.
    Sabrina xx

    • 4 May 2015 / 10:33 pm

      I’m hoping we’ll do more at some point, and I’m proud of the boys for how involved they got. I can’t actually believe some of the stuff that people dump on the beach!

      Stevie xx

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