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!
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.
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.
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.
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?