Exmouth Community College holds clean-up on Orcombe Beach
PUBLISHED: 13:01 17 September 2019 | UPDATED: 16:37 18 September 2019
It was a day when many people headed for the seaside just to enjoy the surprisingly hot September sunshine, but in Exmouth more than 120 people joined a beach clean-up organised by Exmouth Community College.
Students, teachers, parents and supporters spent an hour picking up rubbish from Orcombe Beach on Saturday, September 14.
The event was organised by the college in response to an appeal by the founders of the recipe box company Mindful Chef, Myles Hopper and Giles Humphries, who come from Devon and are keen surfers.
They asked their customers around the country to organise beach clean sessions, and more than 100 took place, from Scotland down to Cornwall.
Philippa Rowe from Exmouth Community College said: "As a college we have been looking at how we can help the environment and become a more environmentally aware college.
"We are also aware that our students often get a negative reputation within the Exmouth community, particularly over social media.
"As teachers we feel this is really sad, because we see the incredible things our students do day in day out and know how wonderful they are.
"There is only a really small minority who let down the majority, who get it right and more every day.
"When I saw the Mindful Chef advertise their nationwide beach clean, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for us to show the community that our students care and want to take action."
Mr Hopper and Mr Humphries came along to join the Exmouth beach clean, which is thought to have been the biggest in the country, in terms of the numbers taking part.
Mrs Rowe said: "Together we collected eight sacks of rubbish, which were removed by the council.
"They also supported us providing litter pickers.
"They were very impressed with the amount we had collected.
"During the clean many students and staff were approached by members of the public, who quizzed them on what they were doing and thanked them for all their hard work.
"We have also received messages of thanks from the public through our social media."
She added that Exmouth Community College students are 'passionate' about the environment.
"The college has recently reinstated our Eco Group, run by Mrs Oakes-Ash and Miss Dugdale, which has already proved incredibly popular with both students and staff.
"They have lots planned for the future including guest speakers, campaigns and school wide initiatives to help reduce waste and become a more eco-friendly college.
"They also plan to host more events within the community."