HERE is your chance to adopt part of our glorious beach in Eastbourne.

Adopt a Beach is an innovative and exciting project where individuals or groups will volunteer to adopt a particular section of beach, cleaning it and monitoring the debris collected.

The initiative is based on the fact that our beach of about 9 kilometres is divided into 93 separate beaches.

Each has a number on the groyne which divides it from the others.

In this way, volunteers can choose to care for their own particular beach!

Here are the principles:

~ a beach may have a number of Adopters: examples are ~ a school, a hotel or B&B, a shop or business, an organisation, individuals and families, political representatives such as local councillors

~ the purpose is to care for the well-being of the beach by clearing and recording litter

~ there will be no legal liability: for example, you will not have the right to “own” your adopted beach and the Council will not be charging you for this adoption.

~ the adopters will be expected to be aware of each other and be encouraged to liaise

~ the commitment lasts as long as the adopter wishes

~ the beach owner is Eastbourne Borough Council as far down to the sea as the Mean Low Water Mark

Oliver Sterno, Community Leader Plastic Free Eastbourne said: “We have had a great deal of interest from our townspeople in caring for our seaside.

“This is illustrated by the thousands of people hours spent on our beach cleans.

“This has been evident even during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“People have shown an interest for “beach caring”.

“We are launching this campaign on 23rd October.”

Email plasticfreeeastbourne@gmail.com for registration and further details.