Carrick volunteers tidy beach

Kindhearted volunteers have helped to tidy an east Antrim beauty spot during a recent clean up event.

Tuesday, 27th July 2021, 5:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th July 2021, 5:59 pm

The Carrickfergus Eco Rangers carried out the large scale clean-up of Boneybefore Beach over the weekend (July 24 and July 25).

Volunteers cleared almost 40 bags of waste from the beach, removing potential dangers such as broken glass, plastic and metal from the area to make it safer for the public and wildlife.

A spokesperson for the volunteer group, established during lockdown in October 2020, said: “The Eco Rangers are delighted to have cleaned up another stretch of our beautiful coastline and restored it to a condition where it is safe to use.

Volunteers conducted the clean up on July 24 and July 25.

“I’d like to thank all the volunteers who helped with the clean up, and the management of Kilroot Power Station who readily agreed to support us by facilitating the removal of the waste safely through their premises.

“Volunteers hope to continue to maintain the site on a long term basis, along with all the others we have cleaned to date.

“Support from local businesses is incredibly important to sustaining this essential work and we are delighted that Kilroot Power Station have agreed to a long term relationship with the Eco Rangers to facilitate our work in the area on an ongoing basis.”

The group currently has over 1,400 adult and 170 junior volunteers who regularly participate in litter picking and other environmental work in the Carrickfergus area. To date, they have collected thousands of bags of litter, covering an area of around 650 square miles.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the Eco Rangers, to volunteer, or local businesses wishing to support them can contact [email protected] or check out the Eco Rangers NI Facebook page.

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