The clean-up and survey took place on Saturday 21 September during the Marine Conservation Society's annual Great British Beach Clean, and was organised by Chichester District Council as part of its Selsey Bathing Water Enhancement Project, which is delivered in partnership with Southern Water.

Almost 50 volunteers took part in the beach clean. They surveyed over 2km of beaches and collected 17 bags of rubbish, weighing over 30kg. Data from this survey will be collated and submitted to the Marine Conservation Society for analysis. The results will highlight any changes in the litter collected from previous years and will be used to help inform future awareness-raising and educational initiatives.

"This was a fantastic community event and I was delighted to be a part of it," says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services. "It's so important that we take care of our beaches, especially after the busy bathing season, and we are very grateful to all of the volunteers who came out to help us protect our local environment and wildlife. Their time, energy, and effort, made this event a real success.

"I would also like to thank the council's Community Wardens, the Mulberry Divers, Selsey First Responders, West Sussex County Council's Waste Prevention team and Southern Water for supporting the event."

After the two-hour beach clean, the Selsey & District Lions put on a barbecue for all the volunteers, with meat kindly supplied by Selsey butcher, Francis & Sons Family Butchers.

Date of release: 23 September 2019

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