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Adnams Beach Clean

By Will, also posted in News on

We've been cleaning Southwold beach at least three times a year since 2003, and although we've lost count along the way, as we missed a couple and then added in a few more, we reckon we have done over 50!

As part of our regular beach clean programme, now 15 years old, some of our members of staff plus a group of super volunteers, help to spruce up Southwold beach.

Our beach cleans help provide data to Marine Conservation Society who hold statistics on beach litter levels across the UK. Each Beach Clean we do, we collect data on the items found on a 100m stretch of Southwold Beach. This data contributes to the Marine Conservation Society's Beach Watch Survey which records the type and quantity of litter found across the UK.

We've put together our own chart looking at the amount of litter we've been finding since 2013 (the blue line indicates the number of pieces per volunteer/ per 100m). The general trend for Southwold is looking good, but it could be that more and more people are picking up litter as part of their daily routine. However, a downward-trend is definitely positive.

If you would like to sign up to our Beach Clean mailing list, to receive news and updates about future beach cleans, please fill in the form below with your Full name and email address.


We’re delighted to have set a date for our first Adnams Beach Clean of 2021 as part of the Great British Spring Clean - Saturday 12th June 2021.

We will run two cleans to help maintain social distancing and keep within current restrictions. One group will head towards the Pier starting at 9am, the other towards the Harbour Car park starting at 9:30am. Both cleans will start at Gun Hill as in previous years.

09:30am Harbour Car Park Bound: https://www.mcsuk.org/beach-cleans/adnams-beach-clean-12-06-2021/ 

9am Pier Bound: https://www.mcsuk.org/beach-cleans/adnams-beach-clean-pier-12-06-2021/ 

We will also be holding our Annual Big Beach Clean on the 18th September 2021.  This will hopefully be a return to our ‘usual’ programme, where we can all enjoy a pint and some fish & chips at the Harbour Inn afterwards.

If you have any questions or would like more information please email beachcleans@adnams.co.uk