Beach litter Sherpa reaches three percent.

I expected to find a lot of plastic bottles at Chapmans Pool on the Dorset coastline but I didn’t expect to find two hundred of them in a ten yard stretch, but I did.  It took me twenty minutes to collect them.

It took me over an hour to get to the coast, half an hour to walk to the ‘bottle hoist’, half an hour back to the car and over an hour to return.  It took another hour to drop the bottles off at my storage container.  A mornings work for two hundred bottles.

If I had had other people with me we could have collected five hundred quite easily.

Still looking for that ‘second’ sponsor to help fund these clean ups.  Keep picking.  Keep taking photographs.  Keep making silly videos.  Keep on with Social Media.  Keep talking to the Press.  Keep on ‘keeping on’, and it could, should, can happen!

315 bottles of the 10,000 goal.  3 percent done.

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The first one percent.

Why wait for a second sponsor-when that second sponsor may not ever materialise!  I do hope they will though!

Warbarrow Bay, Dorset.  Saturday 25th November 2017.  Collected 115 plastic bottles in 45 minutes.  9885 left of the 10,000 I promised to pick up along the Dorset coastline.

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First Corporate Beach Clean Sponsor Video!


Now looking for my second Corporate Beach Clean Sponsor.  Would like to make a deal and in return for £2,000 Sponsorship I will promote Sponsor and also collect 10,000 plastic bottles from the Dorset Coastline.  Now where are you second Sponsor!?…

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“VOID” Public Meeting yesterday.

It was a very good meeting, five of us all together. Thank you for coming.

I showed a few photographs, shared some stories, some knowledge on the beach plastic situation and midway through the evening we watched a twenty five minute video by Boyan Slat who updated us on his magnificent OCEAN CLEAN UP project. (The link to it is below).

We spoke about the notion of paying people to clean our coastline of plastic. We spoke of how to fund it.

I showed a few very short videos that I have made, funny ones. At least I think they are funny! I am pretty much convinced that I can raise money from corporate sponsors who in return for funding beach cleans will get their business’ promoted by me.

I called a mate this morning. He has agreed to fund a day’s beach clean. I am going to promote his business. He sprays wood. He sprays it well. He works near Pangbourne in Berkshire. I’ve known him for over thirty five years. I will be doing the beach clean tomorrow morning, (Friday 17th November). Here is his website, my first corporate beach clean sponsor. Thanks Neil.

The Ocean Clean Up:

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wwww. is the new www. (What? Why? Where? When?).

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Fliers going out.

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Keeping the ball rolling…

Local radio, Breeze Radio interviewed me yesterday. Hopefully they will put something out towards the end of the month and then do some promotions nearer to the Public Meeting on the 15th November.

I was asked how I thought the beach cleaning organisation would work. I had to give the simplest of answers! People will arrive at designated beaches, clear the plastic, take it to specified recyclers or to specific storage depots, clean up, go home, start again next day. End of week get paid!

But I realise things will inevitably be more complicated than that.

I am getting some help with regards to the best way to go as far as Social Enterprise, Not For Profit, Charitable status goes.

I am also wondering how to start. I feel I need some sort of a plan to offer at the meeting., the social enterprise crowdfunding site have a good template to work through. It helps you come up with a near on fool proof plan.

What if I centred my initial plan on a two week clean up of Chesil Beach? Plenty of space to work in. More than likely plenty of plastic and fishing gear to pick up. It is also very well known and might spark off further interest in a long term plan for VOID, (major beach cleaning/coastline project).

I need to consider money, workforce, transport, equipment, health and safety, legal structure, relevant places to take waste plastic, publicity…

What do you think of that, a two week ‘paid’ clean up of Chesil Beach, perhaps with a working party of five people?

I think I will work towards this idea.

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