The Rangers ran two of their best ever beach cleans in April when 40 volunteers collected six bags of recyclable plastic and nine bags of rubbish (sadly non-recyclable) on Porthcurnick and Pendower beaches.
The National Trust has run beach cleans on the Roseland since 2005. We’ve always sent glass bottles, plastic bottles and metals for kerbside recycling but now we can recycle plastics washed up on beaches from the fishing industry, such as large pieces of net, buckets, crates and tarpaulins.
NT teams in Cornwall transport recyclable plastics to Fathoms Free who send it to a recycling plant in Exeter. A 90% recycle rate has been achieved with hard plastics and netting forming the majority of the waste. The recycling company cannot take more plastic rope, string or cord at present, as the group has successfully collected too much for them to manage.
Fathoms Free are volunteer marine conservationists who run events to raise awareness about plastic and other marine waste and get people involved in collecting it for recycling, raising valuable funds. Volunteer divers retrieve large pieces of plastic waste from the sea bed; others kayak to hidden coves, collect plastic waste and then get this recycled to make new kayaks.
Our plastic recycling efforts contribute to Plastic Free Roseland, which encourages local businesses and other groups to reduce plastic waste by cutting down on single-use plastics and to provide free tap water for people to refill their own bottles. If we can meet the criteria of the plastic free status, the Roseland could join Penzance, Perranporth and Falmouth in becoming one of many plastic free Cornish coastal communities.
Emma Shepherd – National Trust Ranger
It is with very great sadness we write with the news that our much loved Ranger colleague, Emma Shepherd, has passed away, following a short fight against cancer.
Emma joined the National Trust Ranger team here on the Roseland in 2010. Over the years Emma was responsible for many projects in our area including setting up the St. Mawes allotments, organising repairs to Mallets Cottage, building new bridges on the coast path at Caragloose and Paradoe Cove, writing the Roseland Coast of Cornwall leaflets, organising and delivering umpteen beach cleans and the hundred and one other tasks that go with being a ranger and making our places better for visitors and wildlife.
Emma was a fantastic person to have in our team; she loved her job and the places she worked in. She brought great positivity and enthusiasm to everything she did which was infectious and made work and life that much more enjoyable for those who worked with her. She was one of a kind and will always be remembered with great affection by all who worked with her in the National Trust.