Over thirty eager participants of all ages arrived at a bustling Ballintoy Harbour situated in the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Saturday morning to take part in activities to celebrate Get Outdoors Weekend and International Coastal Clean up Day.
The beach clean up and Coasteering event, organised by the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust was supported by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Causeway Coasteering and Moyle District Council.
Northern Ireland hosted over 80 free outdoor activity events on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st September as part of Get Outdoors Weekend with an estimated 4000 participants from all corners of the country.
In just one hour twenty two bags of rubbish were collected leaving the harbour spotlessly clean and litter-free. After all the hard work participants were awarded with a free Coasteering taster session with Causeway Coasteering Specialists. Members of the Irish Sea Kayaking Associating were departing Ballintoy Harbour that morning to Kayak around the Causeway Coast and kindly assisted with the clean up.
Nicola Murray from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful mentioned that: “It was great to see so many volunteers come together and take part in Saturdays clean up. The clean up at Ballintoy harbour was part of the Coca-Cola Clean Coast programme and International Coastal Clean up Day. The volunteers took part in citizen science surveying the litter that they collected; the data will feed into the ocean conservancy annual report which shows the impact of marine litter across the globe”.
Judith Burns from Team Cito Geocachers commented: “It was a pleasure for Team CITO to help keep this breath-taking coastline clean, especially on such a beautiful day”.
Tiérna Mullan from the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust commented that: “Get Outdoors Weekend provides people with an excellent opportunity to get out and enjoy their local area and experience what is on offer; the extra bonus is that for this weekend there were no costs involved. By taking part in the clean up participants will always be aware of the importance of protecting our spectacular coastline. On behalf of the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust I would like to thank everyone who attended and helped out on the day, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful for leading on the clean up, Causeway Coasteering for leading on the free Coasteering taster session, Coca- Cola for the refreshments, Moyle District Council and Harbour Master John Morton.