Volunteers help clean up Hartlepool beauty spot

Staff from Northgate Public Services and the Friends of Teesmouth group at the Blue Lagoon.
Staff from Northgate Public Services and the Friends of Teesmouth group at the Blue Lagoon.

Dozens of sacks of rubbish were collected when volunteers held a litter pick at a Hartlepool beauty spot in support of World Environment Day.

A total of 32 helpers rolled up their sleeves in removing a mountain of rubbish from North Gare, at Seaton Carew, also known as the Blue Lagoon.

It’s amazing what ends up on the beach

Countryside officer Deborah Jefferson

The haul included plastic bags, timber, tyres, street sweeping brushes and a mass of net and rope from passing ships.

Countryside officer Deborah Jefferson said: “It’s amazing what ends up on the beach.”

The party included around 20 volunteers from Northgate Public Services, which provides IT services for Hartlepool Borough Council.

They worked with the council’s Parks and Countryside team, who organised the event, and were joined by members of the public and the Friends of Teesmouth group.

The volunteers also made notes of the rubbish they collected and where it came from, on behalf of the Marine Conservation Society.

In total, the volunteers filled 39 black bin bags in just two hours as well as removing several pieces of larger rubbish.

Deborah added: “The Marine Conservation Society use the information when they are lobbying. Some of the rubbish was from members of the public, some was sewerage-related and some was commercial shipping litter.

“There was a mass of netting and ropes all tangled together off ships. It took six of us to carry it off the beach.

“I was surprised by the amount of rubbish we collected. The trailer was full to the top.”