Beach cleans

For public beach cleans

The Thanet Coast Project helps volunteers to run practical tasks to clean up sections of the coastline. Why not join in? The more hands the better!

Gloves, sticks, bags and hoops are provided and tasks are often run in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society volunteers for their annual Great British Beach Clean event (part of Beachwatch). Cummins Power Generation kindly sponsored some of the Thanet Coast Project beach clean equipment.  Find out more - Thanet Events, including Great British Beach Clean


For your own 2 minute beach clean

The Thanet Coast has a series of #2minutebeachclean stations where you can borrow a stick, and fill a plastic bag with beach litter - following the safety guidance issued, & can post your good work on social media for everyone to see how easy it is to get involved.


For community beach cleans 

Any community groups that would like to organise their own beach clean, should get in touch as they may be able to borrow equipment - gloves, bags, sticks, hoops, sharps box etc.   Please note: Organisers will need to carry out their own risk assessments and arrange insurance cover.


There are many local voluntary groups running beach cleans around the NE Kent coast, and these are ones that have let us know of their activities:

Broadstairs Town Team are running regular beach cleans, as well as work around town. Litter pickers, plastic bags and hoops will be provided, but please note: on these cleans, you are advised to bring your own gloves and wear warm clothing! Please view their Facebook site for location & further details (please use name link above). 

Anti-litter Group (BAG) organise regular impromptu litter picks that include the beaches around the area. See their facebook page for more information.

Westgate Against Rubbish (WAR)- looking to start new 'war' on litter, and now have access to equipment loaned out from Westgate Town Council.  More dates: 10am on Sun 17 Sept (West Bay)

A Better Cliftonville (ABC) & Walpole Bay Swimmers (WBS) - are running regular beach clean events in 2017

Western Undercliff - Artificial Beach Group,  Ramsgate - run clean ups in this part of the Ramsgate coast.

Herne BayBay Beach Clean

Deal - Deal With It

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS)- run beach clean tasks and have great Spring & Autumn Beach Clean sessions.

Marine Conservation Society's 'Beachwatch' (MCS) - run beach clean tasks and coordinate the Great British Beach Clean (every third weekend in September).

Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) - run various campaigns including spring cleans & The Big Tidy Up. 


MCS Great British Beach Clean 15-18 Sept. 2017

Well done to all the beach cleans undertaken by volunteers. The GBBC is coordinated by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and allows people to help - by recording and cleaning beach litter that will be compiled into a national database to asess the state of our beaches over time, and add evidence for campaigns.

15 Sept - Seasalter (Guardians of the Deep)

16 Sept - Plumpudding, Minnis Bay Birchington (TCP)

16 Sept - Walpole Bay (ABC/Walpole Swimmers)

16 Sept - Pegwell Bay  (TCP)

17 Sept - Deal (Dealwith IT)

17 Sept - West Bay, Westgate  (Westgate Against Rubbish)

17 Sept - Epple Bay, Birchington (Coastal Warden/MCS)

Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ
United Kingdom



Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)