Leading project and programme management consultancy Faithful+Gould and the RICS’ regional young professional network ‘Matrics Durham Tees Valley’ have teamed up to clean up, to make Seaham Beach a better place to live for the local wildlife and community by reducing the pollution caused by irresponsible litter and waste disposal.
Tom Fenby, Quantity Surveyor at Faithful+Gould and co-organiser of the event, said: “Beach litter is more than just an eyesore, it is potentially harmful to both wildlife and humans, and it is costing local authorities in the UK an estimated £14.5 million annually.”
“Both ourselves at Faithful+Gould and RICS Matrics Durham Tees Valley believe it is important to protect and enhance our region, so we’ve organised the beach clean-up to provide the haven for wildlife and enhance the beautiful beach for everyone to enjoy.”
All equipment is being provided courtesy of Durham Heritage Coast, which is a partnership of authorities, agencies and community bodies with an interest in the coast in Sunderland, Durham and Hartlepool who work to protect and enhance the special qualities of the unique coastline.
Alice Morton, Regional Services Co-ordinator at RICS North East, said: “This event not only preserves and protects the fantastic coastline, but it is also a great way for us to support the local community. Many of our young professionals live, work and study within the area so it’s important to them that we take care of and enrich their local environment. And, as an institution which believes in improving the world around us, it’s important to us too.”
“We will be giving out various prizes on the night as light-hearted litter-picking encouragement, such as ‘most bags of rubbish collected’ and ‘strangest thing found’, then after all the hard work there will be time for networking with participants from a variety of organisations and, more importantly, fish and chips!”
If you'd like to lend a hand to keep Seaham special, why not join in with the beach clean up too? Full details on how to get involved can be found here: www.rics.org/beachclean