Volunteer Beach Clean at Greatstone

The Kent Community Foundation team spent the morning volunteering to help clean the beach at Greatstone as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

On 6 April 2022, members of the Kent Community Foundation team (and some of their children) headed to Greatstone, near New Romney to meet volunteers from Litter Picking Watch Romney Marsh to help with an organised beach clean.

Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, Kent Community Foundation, said,   “As avid supporters of protecting the environment, the Foundation  awards grants to environmental projects throughout Kent from our Fund for the Environment. We are guided by the  environmental ‘think global act local’ sentiment so the  team agreed they we would personally like to  do more, and arranged to  volunteer in Greatstone. We wanted to help a small volunteer group that we had not previously worked with, and we really like what Litter Picking Watch Romney Marsh is doing within their community.”

The team picked up nine bags of litter which included, fishing line, bottle tops, drinks cans, paper, and plastic.

Eric Brown, Litter Picking Watch Romney Watch, said, “We were very pleased to host a beach clean at the Varne Greatstone with Kent Community Foundation.  After refreshments and a health and safety briefing the team set out on a very blustery  morning. Everyone did brilliantly, collecting nine bags of washed-up sea debris from this stretch of coastline. Thank you to Kent Community Foundation for coming along and helping to make a vast difference to our beach. It was a great morning with a fantastic team.”

If you have an environmental project that would benefit from financial support, you can find out more about Kent Community Foundation’s Fund for the Environment by visiting www.kentcf.org.uk/fund-for-the-environment


About Litter Picking Watch Romney Marsh

The Litter Picking Community Action Group is for everyone who loathes litter and the damage it  causes to the natural world. The group was set up to act against litter in their local area. Overtime they have evolved and are now not just a litter picking community action group, but also note and report community issues across the Marsh to our local councils, including overflowing and broken bins, damaged signs or street furniture, graffiti, potholes, blocked drains, fly posting ad flying tipping.


About the Great British Spring Clean

This year the annual Great British Spring Clean takes place between 25 March and 10 April and asks people to join the #BigBagChallenge and pledge to pick up as much litter as they can during the campaign.


About Kent Community Foundation

Grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for twenty years. In this time, it has distributed over £50 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

They are part of a UK wide accredited network of forty-seven Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.

Responsible for more than eighty philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.