VIRGINIA CROSBIE MP HELPS LOCAL BEACH CLEANING EFFORT

Beach Cleaning - May 2021

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie met with local volunteers this week to support a beach clean at Porth-y-Corwgl in Rhoscolyn. 

North Wales Wildlife Trust were out at the popular tourist spot targeting all types of waste.

Virginia got stuck in collecting discarded plastic and other refuse alongside the dedicated volunteers.

Her involvement comes ahead of a beach clean Virginia is organising on 25th May as part of the Great Welsh Spring Clean event.

“I love to get stuck in and help clean up our beautiful Anglesey so I didn’t hesitate to accept North Wales Wildlife’s kind invitation to take part,” she said.

“Sadly, the amount of plastic cotton buds and amount of marine rope we found in a relatively small amount of time was terrible.

“We all know that plastics are non-degradable and we need to tackle these problems on a number of levels – by government action and changing people’s attitudes.

“However, we also need to look at longer term local solutions such as following the lead of Beaumaris by introducing plastic free zones on the island.”

Virginia thanked the teams working across the island to remove waste including the North Wales Wildlife Trust, Keep Wales Tidy, Anglesey Sea Zoo and the Friends of the Anglesey Coastal Path. 

“I would also like to specifically acknowledge those individuals who go out on a regular basis to pick up litter from our beaches and public spaces and who often go unmentioned. I think you are great,” she added.

Eve Grayson of the North Wales Wildlife Trust said:

“We were pleased to welcome Virginia and see her support our wonderful volunteers.  As a team we removed 2 binbags of mainly micro-plastics from Porth y Corwgl, Rhoscolyn, in just over two hours. Porth y Corwgl is renowned for collecting micro-plastics, which can arguably be more harmful to wildlife as they are easily ingested by marine creatures, such as fish and crabs, and end up in the food chain.

“We would encourage others to join in with our future events by emailing me at eve.grayson@northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk for details.”

Details of local events for Spring Clean Cymru can be found at https://www.keepwalestidy.cymru/pages/category/spring-clean-cymru.

Further details of Virginia’s beach clean on Tuesday 25th May will be released soon through her Facebook page www.facebook.com/virginiacrosbie.

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