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

In 2018, the Thanet Coast Project will be running a series of beach clean events at Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend CT12 5JD as part of the Guardians of the Deep project. All equipment is provided - please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for beach cleans and weather conditions on the day.  Under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult.  All start at 10am, and dates include:

Sun 8 April; Sat 5 May; Sun 3 June; Sat 30 June; Sat 30 June; Sun 5 Aug; Sat 1 Sept; Sat 15 Sept & Sat 3 Nov. 2018.  Please register via Marine Conservation Society's beachwatch events to attend.   Pegwell Bay Beach Cleans 2018 poster  (PDF, 702KB)


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 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 

Community groups can organise their own beach cleans - and get get advice through us to obtain landowner permission & borrow equipment on the Thanet Coast.

Organisers need to:

a) get initial advice:  talk to us (at about landowner permission, beach clean locations and date/time/tides for the clean.

b) carry out your own beach clean 'risk assessment'.  A TDC general community litter pick template can be forwarded as a starting point if needed.

c) arrange your own public liability insurance.  Alternatively you can arrange cover by linking up with beach clean organisations that can sometimes provide this through their campaigns  eg Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch; SAS - Surfers Against Sewage.

d) get in contact to arrange to book out and borrow our beach clean equipment if needed.  Litter sticks, gloves, bags, some hoops, and a 'sharps box' for instance. You will also need to consider how to cover for 'First Aid' at your clean.

e) arrange with us when & where the filled litter bags can be left for collection by Thanet Council's Cleansing team, after the clean up.   


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). 

Birchington 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. 

A Better Cliftonville (ABC) & Walpole Bay Swimmers (WBS) - are running regular beach clean events 2018 

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. 

Pegwell Bay Beach Cleans 2018 poster (PDF, 702KB)



Great British Beach Clean 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)

Look out for events in 2018 on 14-17 September.

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)