From Budehaven’s Facebook page (used with permission):
On Friday 8th June, Year 8 students from Budehaven Community School visited Summerleaze Beach to take part in the huge World Ocean Day Festival being hosted in the dunes.
World Ocean Day is a coordinated approach towards marine conservation and eradication of marine plastics by a number of organisations including The Environment Agency, Keep Britain Tidy, Bude Cleaner Seas, A Greener Bude, Surfers Against Sewage and many others.
It was geared as a hands-on educational experience where school children and members of the public could get involved with a range of practical and scientific experiments along with experiencing the types of field work The Environment Agency does to monitor the local marine environments.
Year 8 Pupils got the chance to drive remote control diggers, sift for marine plastics and play a range of beach sports. They also learned about what local groups are doing to make Bude the pinnacle of plastic eradication in the South West.
Budehaven student Dan Ellis even featured on Channel 4 news where he summed up the impact of plastic on our fish with a clear understanding of this global predicament we find ourselves in.
All the Budehaven students were inspired by the day and it’s safe to say that the future generation of our community are more knowledgeable and better informed about how to turn the tide on Marine plastics before the damage becomes irreversible.