Who are the Clean Jurassic Coast Team?
Read our story below, then come and join us!
We are a group of eco-friendly nature lovers who wish to get all Jurassic Coast beach cleaners and litter pickers together. There is strength in numbers and with us all working together, we can accomplish so much more.
Our Jurassic Coast is the only NATURAL World Heritage Site in England. It is also the only place on the planet where evidence from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of history can be found in one area. It's a special place and needs to be cared for so that future generations can enjoy it.
Removing rope and nets from rocks.
Clean Jurassic Coast is an initiative to keep the place tidy. From quick beach cleans, all-day cleanup operations and kayak trips getting to hard to reach places. We as individual volunteers can do a lot, but things can work so much better as a team.
We will have regular clean-up operations all along the 95 miles of Jurassic Coast. We'll be working with the Jurassic Coast Trust, Dorset Council's Litter Free Coast and Sea along with other groups, organisations and individuals. Clifftops, beaches and pathways will all get attention and, as avid sea kayakers, surfers and paddle boarders, those awkward places won't get missed either.
It's teamwork at its finest and the goal is to work together, not for personal gain. Too many groups appear to work in isolation but we can be far more efficient as a group.
The idea behind this website is for it to be a hub of information about our Jurassic Coast. Alongside information about the vast history along this coastline, it will have a calendar of beach clean events and also a place where individual volunteers can ask for help. We will be educating our followers on the issues with plastic and other litter, as well as helping people to manage their waste in a more environmentally friendly manner. We will keep you updated as to our beach cleaning endeavours as well.
Tough day! A 100kg haul we cleared from Chapman's Pool.
We have 95 miles of coast to look after and with volunteers cleaning up, there is no reason why we can't keep on top of it. The current situation is simply this, plenty of people like us doing it but nobody really working together. There is no reason for it, it's just the way it is. If we can all liaise, arrange clean ups and keep in touch, every group can help each other. We believe that will be a more efficient use of resources. Factor in the 'Strength in Numbers' ideal, as well as various businesses and organisations that would like to get involved too, and we will have a great team and our historic coast is going to look truly wonderful.
It'll be better for the environment, better for tourism and give a sense of teamwork, achievement and, in our minds, make us better humans.
Are we idealists? Yes, we probably are.
Who is this Clean Jurassic Coast team?
Every one of you who picks up litter from our Heritage Site is part of an ever-growing community. You're already working to achieve a Clean Jurassic Coast. If you post clean-ups on social media, please use #cleanjurassiccoast to help spread our mission.
Introducing the CJC team...
Roy Beal - "Life is simple, just add water!"
I'm a sea kayaker, walker and lover of the outdoors. I grew up on the River Dart, playing in boats and kayaks as a child. Actually, not sure if I ever really grew up. I moved to a seaside town in 2011 and although I've always loved water, I realised I had finally found 'home', I started sea kayaking in early 2013 and since then, with help from many friends and supporters, I've raised over £15000 for good causes under my Kayaking for Charity banner. I'm known for 'Graceful Landings' when arriving at beaches with the smallest of surf following me. The sea is my playground, Mother Nature is my reason for being and, now in my late 40's, I have at last found where I belong and what I need and want to do.
I've recently started a Countryside Ranger course after spending over 30 years fixing cars for a living. It's time for a change, time to do something for the planet, time to help save it!
A couple of years ago, I had an idea called Just Add Water, Not Plastic, named after my wooden kayak Just Add Water. I was fed up with collecting plastic from every beach I stopped at when I was out on the water. After becoming an Ambassador for the Jurassic Coast Trust late 2019, I changed the name to Clean Jurassic Coast, changed the plan and here we are writing this bio! I have so much to say, but I'll save it for a story. I love to write a good story.
You can find me on Instagram as @cleanjurassiccoast (link at top of page).
If you click HERE you'll find a hidden page of my prose.
My favourite seat in the world. The best coast in the world - the Jurassic Coast (Chesil Cove 2018)
Sometimes, litter picking goes very wrong.
Oly Rush - "The sound of the ocean calms the commotion!"
Hey, my name’s Oly and as you can probably guess I’m a bit of an ocean lover!
From a very early age I trained as a competitive swimmer and from this, my love for water began. Growing up, holidays were always on the coast and many were spent camping in Cornwall. I’d be in the sea all day body-boarding and that led me to a love of surfing.
Nowadays I run a small plastering business which gives me the flexibility I need to be able to go surfing whenever there are waves or, if it’s calm, I do a lot of sea swimming. Fitness has always been a big part of my life and there’s rarely a day that goes by that I’m not doing some form of exercise.
All this time spent on the coast and in the sea has opened my eyes to the enormity of the environmental impact the human race has had on the earth. I decided I needed to do something about this and try to live as sustainably as I can, but felt I wanted to get involved in trying to help clean some of the plastic from the sea as well!
You can find me on Instagram as @_projectplanet_
Always a bit excitable when there's a wave!
Sometimes you just have to adapt and overcome when litter picking
Zoe Hughes - “Just Keep Swimming!”
Hi everyone, another nature enthusiast here, and a sea swimmer!
I have always had a natural draw to the ocean, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise to me when I chose to go to a University next to the sea. This resulted in many beach barbecues and sea swimming adventures, without a wetsuit! These experiences, along with my University studies, secured my passion to work in nature conservation.
In my job, I highlight the fascinating connections between the environment millions of years ago and our modern world. I am particularly keen to engage young people with nature, as it is the next generation who will be most impacted by changes in the environment. It can be frustrating to go up against environmental challenges like ocean pollution and climate change, but I have seen some incredible acts of kindness and believe that, together, we can make a difference.
Currently, I am helping out with the 'tech' side of Clean Jurassic Coast, but as this initiative grows, I hope I will meet more enthusiastic people who can help keep our beaches clean!
Anna Taylor - "Get lost in nature and you will find yourself"
Hi. My name is Anna, I'm an outdoor enthusiast and passionate about helping our planet.
When I'm not doing beach cleans you can find me hiking the South West Coast Path or bobbing about in my kayak.
I have always loved being outdoors and with nature. Childhood holidays were spent hiking the lake district but the hills never get any easier!
After spending a long time cleaning beaches on my own, I joined the Clean Jurassic Coast team who share the same morals, values and passions. It really is true, teamwork makes the dream work!
You can find me on Instagram as @annaloistaylor
Reflective thoughts near Winspit Caves
Happy times enjoying the surrounding wildlife on the River Frome
Louis Pulford - “Just change the packaging”
I am a lover of nature and the Dorset Coastline. I’ve lived on the coast my whole life and as a child, my dad used to take me sailing regularly. This bred my passion and love for the ocean.
I am also a local photographer which draws me to the coastline regularly, thus being exposed to the litter constantly being left behind and highlighting the plastic epidemic. Finding the like-minded souls of Clean Jurassic Coast has given me the hope and outlook needed to find solutions to the problems.
For me, being active on the coastline and keeping the scenery clean is something of a meditation, a release which leaves me with a humbling feeling when walking away from a cleaner environment.
I am glad I picked up a litter picker and joined the cause, the movement is growing, join us and make a difference today.
You can find me on Instagram as @louisp_photography
Enjoying the views of the coast
Assessing the situation!
Lee Cooper - "Living life on the veg!"
Hi all, my name is Lee - skateboarder, photographer, drone pilot and all-round nature lover!
I run a Dorset based Bamboo Toothbrush company called ‘Bamboozle Toothbrush’ which is another way to help people reduce their single-use plastics at home.
I joined the Clean Jurassic Coast team to help keep our litter riddled corner of home that little bit cleaner and as nature intended. Having lived here for 31 years, the Jurassic coast still has that ability to take you back in time, now that’s worth fighting for!
You can check out my work here on Instagram - @leecooperphotography
The Happy Place
Erin Tyrell - “If we’re kind and polite the world will be right” - Paddington
My name is Erin and I am from Cornwall. I moved to Dorset to study BA (Hons) Photography at AUCB. I am an artist and love to paint and create.
My love for the Jurassic Coast came from homesickness, as to me, there is nowhere quite as magical, raw and unforgiving as the Cornish Coast. Exploring the Dorset Countryside and Coastline is the best way for me to feel connected, rooted and stable, despite the ever-changing landscape.
My favourite species are whales, in particular the humpback whale. Whales are really important to our ecosystem, from absorbing roughly 33 tons of Co2 from the atmosphere to their nutrient-rich poo, which increases phytoplankton. These creatures are certainly worth fighting for.
You can find me on Instagram as @jcbeachcleaners
Beach cleaning saved my life
Post yoga pick-up. Everyone has 2 minutes.