Friends of Tide Mills welcome reduction in litter

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The trend for a reduction in litter at a Newhaven beauty spot is continuing, according to the Friends of Tide Mills.

During its September meeting the conservation group’s 17 volunteers picked up just eight sacks of rubbish.

The friends also took part in the Marine Conservation Society’s national annual litter survey, recording significantly less litter than last year.

Group chairman Jim Skinner said: “This illustrates just how clear the area is at present and of course may it long continue.

“As previously reported, over the last few meetings we have started to see a general reduction in litter which is testament to everybody who helps ensure this beautiful area remains so.”

The Friends attribute this to the fact residents and visitors are taking care of the beauty spot.

This year the main items it found during the survey were from commercial fishing, such as remnants of trawl net trimmings.

The group welcomed the addition of a new dog mess bin, paid for by the South Downs National Park Authority.

Land owner Newhaven Port and Properties is paying for Lewes District Council to empty it.

Jim added: “We can never have enough members and are always very happy to welcome as many more as possible.

“If like us, you appreciate just what a beautiful and special place Tide Mills is, please do join us.”

The next meeting will take place on Sunday October 20 for around two hours.

The Friends meet from 10am until 12 noon. For more information email brian.skinner2@btinternet.com