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Join the SAS Beach Clean: Summit to Sea this April!

British Canoeing and The Canoe Foundation are once again delighted to be supporting Surfers Against Sewage as Community and Charity Partners for their Spring Beach Clean Summit to Sea, and are calling for paddlers to register their clean up events on inland waterways, rivers and lakes!

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Thanks to the help of paddlers, the autumn campaign which took place last year during stormy conditions, saw 33 tonnes of plastic pollution cleared from beaches, rivers and inland areas in just one week.

As part of the campaign paddlers also became Ocean Activists contributing to just under 100 Ocean Activists Plastic Audits collecting important evidence on the materials turning up in our environment.

Following this overwhelming success, we are hoping to make the Spring Campaign even bigger than ever!

British Canoeing's Clear Access, Clear Waters campaign establishes a clear vision for fair, shared sustainable access on water and outlines our commitment to protecting the environment - clean ups play a huge part in this and the work of paddlers is making a huge difference.

Chantelle Grundy, Access and Environment Officer at British Canoeing said;

"Recent winter storms have blown debris and litter into our treasured waterways adding to the junk already there. Paddlers are readily giving many hours of their time to care for the waterways we all love so much by removing boats full of junk, protecting these precious blue spaces for us all to enjoy."

Our support over the past 3 campaigns has really highlighted the amazing work paddlers up and down the country do on a regular basis to clean up our waterways, support our vision for fair, shared and sustainable open access on water; and demonstrate our commitment to protecting the environment.

– Chantelle Grundy, Access and Environment Officer

Jack Middleton, Community Manager at Surfers Against Sewage said;

“Tens of thousands of volunteers joining us at beaches and rivers is a huge indication of the public’s feelings towards the growing scale of the plastic pollution crisis."

It also highlights the urgency of the radical action required to protect our ocean from their products. The data our volunteers collect will help inform and drive change by those who still put profits before the planet.

– Jack Middleton, Community Manager at Surfers Against Sewage

How to get involved

Head to the paddle clean ups section on our website to find out everything you need to organise and host your waterways clean up - including how to invite your local MP so you can show them the essential work you're doing to care for our environment!

To register your event as part of the campaign you can head to head to the registration page on the Surfers Against Sewage website here or you can email [email protected] 

All clean leaders will receive a step-by-step guide and all of the equipment needed to organise clean ups free of charge from Surfers Against Sewage. 

For inspiration click here to take a look at what paddlers got up to last time!