Press Releases 2017

Students hold successful Beach Clean event

24.02.2017

Students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David have participated in a Beach Clean event in Swansea and in Carmarthen this week. The students braved the wind and rain to collect rubbish from Swansea Beach and Ferryside Beach in Carmarthen on Wednesday morning. The event was organised by UWTSD Students’ Union in collaboration with the University’s Environmental Society. It was attended by staff and students who all turned out to help clean up Swansea’s beaches. 

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rubbish and litter pickers

The President of UWTSD Swansea Students’ Union Joe Edwards said: "The beach clean was a big success despite the weather, we managed to fill around 15 bin bags full of rubbish. I think it was a great opportunity for students to help out the community, and gain key skills through volunteering. It was a great way for our students to make a difference to something that they are passionate about. A big thank you to those students that helped out on the day, including the environmental society who are also planning more events like this in the future including 'The Big Plant 2017 in Llys Nini'” 

Last week the University participated in Go Green Week, a national initiative encouraging people and organisations to help pollinators, including bees and butterflies. To help mark ‘Go Green Week’ students and staff at the university came together to plant a wild flower bee garden to create a habitat to assist bees and other pollinators. The University has placed sustainability at its core through the institution-wide Institute of Sustainable Practice and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE).

Ella Wilkinson is a BSc Environmental Conservation student and she attended the Beach Clean. She said: “Plastic in the oceans is one of the biggest problems facing our environment today. It comes from many different places, from littering to beauty products – even from the food that we eat. And it accumulates. It’s so important to do things like this to raise awareness and help tackle the problem.”

Dylan Harris is also a BSc Environmental Conservation student. He said: “The coastal zone is a fragile ecology and one of the most vulnerable to change and damage. The smallest things can have a huge impact so seemingly little things like picking up bits of litter can have a dramatic impact on the local environment.”

sand and wellies

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact: Cate Hopkins, Press and Media Officer on: catherine.hopkins@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07872 423 788