‘Pick up one item’ plea to Exe Estuary users as Covid rule of six scuppers annual autumn clean-up

Users of the Exe Estuary are being asked to pick up rubbish as they go after the coronavirus pandemic halted an annual autumn clean-up of the popular area. 

Volunteers normally converge on the Local Nature Reserve in Exmouth every September for a littler-pick – but cannot do so this year due to the rule of six.

Now walkers, watersports enthusiasts and cyclists who use the Exe Estuary Trail are being urged to take a bag with them and tidy up at the beauty spot. 

Exe Estuary Partnership chairman Councillor Jeff Trail BEM said: “Over the many years that the partnership has coordinated clean-up events, there has been a significant decrease in rubbish found in the area.

“However, with the restrictions regarding gatherings of more than six people, this year’s clean-up will have to take a different form.

“It’s important that we maintain the momentum to ensure that the area stays tidy, that’s why this year we are asking that everyone who enjoys the beauty of the estuary plays their part.

“If every user picks up a single item, either on the shoreline near The Duckpond, on the Imperial Recreation Ground, or along the Exe Estuary Trail, it will make a huge difference.

“It will help protect wildlife and mean when the annual clean up resumes next year, there will be less for the volunteers to clear up.”

Exe Estuary Partnership officer Jay Boyle added: “The annual clean-up helps create a safer environment for recreational users, families and helps protect local wildlife at this internationally important site.

“This year we are asking that everyone play a small part.

“However, if there is an item that is particularly large, or potentially dangerous I would urge that you contact me.”

Contact Exe Estuary officer Jay by emailing exeestua@devon.gov.uk.

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