Faversham-based brewer and pub company Shepherd Neame has completed its first successful series of summer beach cleans around Kent.
Working with its Charity of the Year Kent Wildlife Trust, the independent family business organised cleans close to some of its most picturesque coastal pubs and hotels including the Minnis Bay Bar and Brasserie, Birchington; the Botany Bay Hotel, Kingsgate and Marine Hotel, Tankerton.
More than 100 people attended the events, held to help the environment and raise awareness of how we can protect our coastline, with the first beach clean taking place during National Marine Conservation Week at the end of July.
Members of the Kent Wildlife Trust’s Marine Conservation Team attended each event, offering information about the impact of litter on marine life and providing Shoresearch surveys for volunteers to capture details of the waste collected.
The final clean took place on Sunday (August 14) at the Royal Albion Hotel, Broadstairs, with a total of 38.61kg of litter collected during the events.
Nina Jones, Protected Area Warden at Kent Wildlife Trust said: “We were really pleased to work with Shepherd Neame this summer to help make our beaches a safer and cleaner place for people and wildlife.
“With the help of the public, we collected a large amount of waste and had lots of families get involved with some fantastic citizen science to collect useful data on marine pollution.”
Shepherd Neame Communications Executive Angela Cole, who spearheaded the project with support from Thanet District Council and Canterbury City Council, said: “We have been really pleased by the success of our first series of beach cleans, with individuals and families from across the county coming along to join in.
“It has been great to get out and enjoy the glorious weather in some of Kent’s most beautiful locations, working with our Charity of the Year Kent Wildlife Trust to help the environment and raise awareness of our county’s unique marine habitats and wildlife.”
For more information on the Charity of the Year partnership visit www.shepherdneame.co.uk/news/shepherd-neame-announces-new-charity-partner-2022
About Shepherd Neame
Shepherd Neame has been based in the market town of Faversham, Kent for over 300 years. Perhaps best known for great British classic ales such as Spitfire Amber, which carries the Royal Warrant, its diverse portfolio includes Five Grain Lager, Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale and Bear Island Triple Hopped Lager, and the Whitstable Bay Collection. It also brews international lagers under licence including Samuel Adams Boston Lager and premium Thai lager Singha. The independent family business boasts an award-winning visitor centre and more than 300 pubs and hotels throughout London and the South East, from the historic heart of the City to the Kent coastline.
About Kent Wildlife Trust
Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT) is the county’s leading conservation charity, working towards creating a better, more sustainable and wilder future. KWT has over 32,000 members and over 1,000 registered volunteers. It manages and protects over 9,000 acres of land across more than 80 different sites and nature reserves, alongside three visitor centres.
Press release from Shepherd Neame.