Volunteers were greeted upon arrival by howling onshore winds and sheets of horizontal rain. Undaunted, they collected over 15 bags of accumulated marine litter – all of which if not removed by hand would be detrimental to the entire ocean’s ecosystem.
Dragon LNG General Manager Colin Orrburns, who volunteered with staff, spoke of the company’s reasons for organising the event: “Dragon has sponsored the Darwin Project for nine years, during which time it has grown to provide a unique learning experience for every school in the county in science, technology, engineering and maths.
“Care for the environment is a key part of the work they do, so when the Darwin Project suggested that we join them and Keep Wales Tidy in a beach clean at our neighbouring beach, we were very keen to join in.
“We might not have had so many volunteers had we known it was going to be one of the wettest and coldest days of the year, but we all had a great time and left with a better understanding of the problems of marine litter and a real sense of having done something really worthwhile for our local community”.
Laura Callan, Business Support Assistant at Dragon LNG, said the event was an unprecedented success that provided all of the volunteers with a real sense of achievement.
She expressed her gratitude to the trustees of the newly refurbished Llanstadwell Mission Hall for allowing Dragon LNG to utilise their facilities.
Llanstadwell Community Council has since written to Dragon LNG to thank them for “doing a great job” and said the area is “much improved.”
Due to the event’s success, and the passion and commitment of the volunteers, Dragon LNG hopes to make this event a more regular occurrence.