After winning silver Nick Dempsey has shown his support for the local campaign to help keep our coast and inshore waters litter free by stepping on a windsurf sculpture made out of marine and beach litter. The sculpture was created by visitors to Weymouth during the 2012 Olympic sailing events. Bottle tops, plastic bags, fishing rope, bottles and cans have all being woven into the huge sculpture with the help of local artist Claire Nuttell. Matilda Bark from the Dorset Coast Forum (part of the Natural Weymouth & Portland Partnership) is leading the work on marine litter and explained that “Dorset has some of the best beaches in the country and we are keen to keep the beaches litter free during and for a long time after the sailing events”.
Nick Dempsey explained that he has been on beach cleans before and always feel really good once he has done it. “It is amazing how quickly the bags fill up with the litter. I think that everyone has done a great job [creating the sculpture] and it’s (Litter Free Coast and Sea) a fantastic campaign.”
Much of the litter used to create the sculpture was collected by Dorset school children on various Dorset beaches during the last week of term. The sculpture is now on display at the newly reopened Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Beach Road,
The sculpture has been created thanks to the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership which is promoting Dorset’s beautiful coastline, its fascinating geology and the diverse marine life. The Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership is made up of Dorset Coast Forum, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Partnership, Natural England, RSPB, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Wild About Weymouth and Portland and Dorset Countryside. The Partnership aims to encourage the public to discover, enjoy and help conserve the local natural environment.
Litter Free Coast and Sea is a partnership campaign between Dorset Coast Forum, Jurassic Coast Trust, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team, Dorset Countryside Ranger Services, Natural England, Green Blue, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Exe Estuary Management Partnership, East Devon Streetscene Team, East Devon Coastal Ranger Team and The National Trust. These organisations have joined forces to promotes understand of the economic, social and environment impacts of marine and beach litter and promotes practical action to reduce the amount of publicly sourced litter along our coast. The Campaign development was funded by Dorset and East Devon AONB Sustainable Development Funds and The Crown Estate Marine Stewardship Fund.
Find out more about the campaign and the impacts of marine and beach litter at: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/marineandbeachlitter.
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Nick Dempsey rides windsurf made out of beach litter to support local campaign
Litter Free Coast and Sea Beach Litter Sculpture