Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man beach clean-up charity Beach Buddies given cash boost

Woman collecting rubbish on beach Image copyright Beach Buddies
Image caption Beach Buddies has helped to improve the safety of seabirds, wildlife and marine animals

A beach clean-up charity has been given a £30,000 grant to help keep Manx beaches the "tidiest in Europe".

Beach Buddies, established in 2006, co-ordinates weekly operations around the Isle of Man's coast.

A spokesman said the cash will mean the organisation can "expand on its work" which includes launching an educational programme in the coming year.

The government awarded the grant and said its work had "encouraged more people to use the outdoors".

Image copyright Bill Dale
Image caption Beach Buddies has recruited about 7,000 volunteers help keep the island's beaches clean

The island's environment department said Beach Buddies, which has about 7,000 volunteers, had complemented several government strategies which also included growing visitor numbers.

Beach Buddies organiser Bill Dale said: "We now believe they [the beaches] are the tidiest in Europe."

New initiatives also include more bins at various beauty spots around the island.

It also aims to establish an online litter hotline where the public can report problems.

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