SeaQuest have a number of projects ongoing with schools in the area:
Love It, Don't Trash It
Last year we worked with schools across Porthcawl in the first stage of this anti-littering campaign, teaching about the effects of rubbish left across the community and on the beach. Now in our second phase, we are currently working with pupils in Kenfig Hill, Pyle and Cefn Cribwr. The project is a joint collaboration between SeaQuest, Keep Wales Tidy, Bridgend County Borough Council, and the local community councils.
As part of the project, children first take part in a litter survey in their local area - on the beach, local streets, or nearby parks - recording the types of litter they find and doing their own litter picks. They then use these findings and the discussions we have around them to create posters urging others not to drop litter. At a special event at the end of the project, the pupils from each school present their ideas and artwork, with the winning designs going on to be made into posters which appear across their local area, and flyers which are delivered to local households.
Jo, SeaQuest's Assistant Manager, said "We've been delighted to see such a magnificent response to the Love It, Don't Trash It! campaign which has highlighted the issues of public litter in our communities, and raised awareness of the impact of litter on our marine environment."
The primary schools who have so far taken part in the project include:
Afon Y Felin, Cefn Cribwr, Corneli, Mynydd Cynffig, Nottage, Newton, Pil, Porthcawl, St Clare's, West Park, Ysgol Y Ferch O'r Sger.
The project is moving across the county, with schools in Brackla currently taking part. Watch this space for more news!
Porthcawl Reducing It's Plastics
Following from our Love It, Don't Trash It! campaign in Porthcawl, we've gone on to work with local school pupils to talk about reducing plastics in their every day lives. With workshops looking at how and where unnecessary single-use plastics are used, and encouraging children to think about ways that they and their families could cut these down. Children are also writing to local businesses to ask them to look at reducing the single-use plastic, or to say thank you for the actions they've already taken.
This follows on from work that BCBC, Porthcawl Town Council and Surfers Against Sewage have been doing with Porthcawl businesses, calling on them to stop using at least three single-use plastics - things like straws, ketchup sachets, or plastic cutlery - in a bid to become the first plastic-free town in Bridgend.
Jo, SeaQuest's Assistant Manager, says "SeaQuest are excited at the prospect of once again working with BCBC on our shared goals of promoting the reduction of plastics in Porthcawl. We always enjoy working with the young people here - their enthusiasm for the topic is inspiring!"