Our New Home
Some time ago, Crosby Park Run kindly let us share a shipping container they occupy so we could store our equipment safely and close to the beach. Unfortunately, the condition of the container has not been great and kept deteriorating with time. The rust was so extensive it became “see-through” with rain pouring in through the corroded roof. It was time to look for a substitute. Thanks to Tesco/Groundwork “Bags of Help” and Waterloo Festival funding we were able to buy a second-hand shipping container form Eagle Containers (a local firm based in Bootle). They have taken the old container away and expertly installed the new one in the exact same place. Local Ward Councillors gave us funds to plant climbing plants around its three walls to create a wildlife habitat and to provide food source for bees, butterflies and moths. We will plant Ivy, Honeysuckle, Climbing Hydrangea, Lupins, Foxgloves and Sunflowers.
Since 2018 we started recording numbers of volunteers, volunteer-hours and bags collected. 2019 was another fantastic year from our wonderful volunteers, who clocked up a staggering 3485 hours between them. It was more than double the number in 2018 and that’s despite having to cancel 2 Sunday cleans because of bad weather! This equates to approximately 67 hours per week, the equivalent of 2 paid workers! We collected 306 FULL BAGS – and by full, we mean just that as we combine the bags at the end so as to recycle them. We cannot thank you enough for turning out in all weathers, always cheerful and glad to play your part in keeping our beach clean and safe. We look forward to another phenomenal year in 2020.
Raising much needed funds
We are always in need of more (and replacement) equipment, as well as a storage container. Blundellsands and Crosby councillors gave us a much appreciated start by buying us some equipment. After this we were very fortunate to be given donations by Unison in Waterloo, Sea Changers, Tesco Bags of Help, the Waterloo Festival, Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside and Sainsbury’s Crosby. We are enormously grateful to them all.
2 Minute Beach Cleans
LovemyBeach have placed a 2-minute beach cleaning board outside Crosby Leisure Centre so that people can take some pickers and a small bag to pick up some rubbish as they go for a walk. What a great idea! Thank you to LovemyBeach and also to Crosby Leisure Centre for agreeing to put the board out and take it in every day.