Campaigning to reduce litter and improve water quality in Dorset

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Love Your Beach

Over a five-year period, Litter Free Dorset are working with local communities along the Dorset coast, to implement projects and behaviour change campaigns to reduce coastal litter and improve bathing water quality at Dorset’s 38 designated bathing water beaches.

Keep scrolling for information on our completed projects and keep your eyes peeled for updates on incoming 2022 projects at Lyme Regis, Weymouth, Ringstead, Studland and Sandbanks.



Completed Projects

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West Bay

In 2018, Litter Free Coast and Sea worked in partnership with Dorset Food & Drink and The Arts Development Company to carry out engagement work in West Bay to reduce the amount of take away litter left behind on the town’s beaches. This was achieved by encouraging : 

  • Businesses to switch disposable items with more sustainable alternatives   
  • Customers to refuse unnecessary single-use items  
  • Customers and businesses to dispose of our food-related waste appropriately  

A plastic surgery was formed and following local businesses taking action, Litter Free Coast and Sea worked with a local artist to create a ‘take away packaging’ sculpture in West Bay. This celebrated the work of everyone involved in the project, while inspiring others to adopt similar behaviour changes, strengthening connections to the coast. 

Hive Beach / Burton Bradstock

In 2018, Litter Free Coast and Sea worked with the National Trust and local community members to set up a ‘doggy’ beach care group called Jurassic Bark West Dorset (formerly Pooo Pin).

Since then, Litter Free Dorset have continued to support Jurassic Bark’s activities – the group regularly meets up for dog walks in the Hive / Burton Bradstock area to beach clean and pick up discarded dog poo.

Castle Cove & Sandsfoot Beach

Drain artwork & leafletting

We worked with local artist, Coleman Sign and Design, to design and produce artwork around four drains in the Castle Cove / Sandsfoot area.

The artwork featured the messages ‘only rain down the drain’ and ‘the beach starts here’ to remind residents and visitors alike that the only thing that should be entering our roadside drains is rain as pollutants and other nasties can be easily washed out to sea down our surface water drains.  

To accompany the drain artwork, we designed and printed a double-sided ‘only rain down the drain’ leaflet, reminding residents that they’re only a drain away from Castle Cove. These leaflets were delivered to residential homes in the Sandsfoot area.

Sandsfoot Beach Mural

With input from Castle Cove Sailing Club, we worked with local Weymouth-based Dead Walk Designs to create a mural, encouraging the public to have a fun but responsible time at the beach, and leave only footprints!

Bowleaze Cove

In the autumn of 2021, Litter Free Dorset worked with local community members to set up a new beach care group at Bowleaze Cove who organise regular beach cleaning activities at the cove.

Lulworth & Durdle Door

Litter Free Dorset worked with the Lulworth Estate to co-design new signage and flags installed across the Lulworth Estate to set the tone for responsible behaviour while highlighting the location of key amenities, such as toilets and bins. 

We also set up a working group comprising local volunteers, a local Councillor and the Lulworth Estate to discuss litter picking activities/hotspot areas to focus clean-up efforts on. Through this working group, the Lulworth Litter Scouts were formed. 

During the summer of 2021, Litter Free Dorset also organised with Planet Purbeck for ‘Wanda the Waste Warrior Fish’ to go on tour around the Isle of Purbeck and organised for Wanda to be displayed at Lulworth Cove during the August Bank Holiday. 

Swanage

‘Love Our Beach’ Sustainable Swanage Project 

From May 2018 – March 2020 Litter Free Dorset ran a campaign aiming to reduce the amount of Fats Oils and Grease (FOG) from going down the drains in Swanage through behavioural change with residents and businesses. 

The Swanage ‘Love our Beach’ project aimed to reduce sewage pollution incidents by reducing blockages in the drainage system caused by FOGs. The campaign focussed on FOG management in kitchens, as well as highlighting items that are often incorrectly flushed down the toilet – such as wet wipes and nappies. Locals were encouraged to find other ways to ‘love their beach’ and look after bathing water quality by reducing litter, waste and remembering that its ‘only rain down the drain’. 

‘Blitz the Butt’ Sustainable Swanage Project 

Sustainable Swanage worked in partnership with Litter-free Purbeck to host a public event in Swanage on 18th May 2019 to raise awareness of cigarette butts in the area and to clean them all up. 16 volunteers collected nearly 5kg of soggy cigarette butts from the streets of Swanage!

Boscombe Beach

We have worked to increase awareness of the operation of a surface water outfall on the beach while celebrating different beach users and activities in the Boscombe & Springbourne communities. 

During the 2022 Easter holiday, we held a pop-up ‘Love Your Beach’ event on Boscombe beach with Wessex Water, Dorset Devils and the Bournemouth University Student Union’s Champions to celebrate different beach users, promoting responsible beach-going, raising awareness about micro-plastics and water quality.

We have created flyers which have been distributed to Sorted Surf Shop and the local RNLI lifeguards. These flyers include information about the Boscombe surface water outlet.

Christchurch – Friars Cliff and Highcliffe Castle

Litter Free Coast and Sea engaged with local community members to help establish two beach care groups along the Christchurch stretch of coast – the Highcliffe Beach Clean Team and Friars Cliff Beach Care. Both groups are still active and host regular beach cleaning activities.

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