Please join us to help spruce up the estuary!

Release date: 7 September 2018

The Severn Estuary is a great natural resource and attracts many visitors at all times of the year. Forest of Dean District Council is keen to maintain and improve this marvellous attraction and is encouraging residents to participate in two Beach Clean Up events on Friday 14 September.

The events will take place at Beachley Slipway (10 am to midday) and Lydney Harbour (3 pm – 6 pm) and both will comprise the following programmes of activity:


       Volunteers arrive and sign in (plus photo opportunity)

       FoDDC Street Warden health and safety briefing for volunteers

       Volunteers collect litter picking equipment and bin bags

       Clean up and deposit full bin bags in agreed location.

Cllr Chris McFarling, FoDDC Cabinet Member for Environment, will be participating in the Beachley event and is looking forward to a good turnout on the day:

“We are very pleased to provide these events which form part of a wider Severn Estuary Clean Up coordinated by the Severn Estuary Partnership (SEP), based at Cardiff University. This initiative supports the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean weekend and Keep Wales Tidy’s All Wales Clean Up. It would be great if the public could join me and some of the Coleford-based Publica Group employees who are volunteering for this activity and we are also hoping that the 1st Battalion Rifles, Environment Agency, Lydney Town Council and the Lydney Coastal Community Team will be involved.

“For some years now the Council has been a member of SEP and this has proved to be a very useful gathering of local authorities, academic expertise and many other organisations that have an interest in the management and operation of our local estuarine environment.”

For more details about SEP and the Beach Clean Up weekend please see On social media, messages about the countdown to the Severn Estuary Big Beach Clean will be available with the hashtag #SpruceUpTheSevern .