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Beaches set to start benefiting from crowdfund project

New initiative Crowdfund Swansea is set to deliver cleaner beaches around the city.


A fundraising drive using the scheme has hit its target and now aims to roll out a series of beach cleaning stations.

The clean-up network, which will supplement daily beach cleans by Swansea Council and litter picks by others, is being coordinated by Helen Wright, of Kingsbridge, Swansea.

In around five months on the crowdfund website, the project has attracted more than 100 financial support pledges, totalling around £3,360.

The support will help fund #2minutebeachclean stations around Swansea Bay and Gower. The stations hold the equipment and information necessary for visitors and local residents to litter-pick on beaches.

Andrew Stevens, the council's cabinet member for business improvement and performance, said: "I applaud Helen for her efforts on behalf of our wonderful local environment.

"This council crowdfunding initiative is only around six months old but is already giving residents new facilities and services.

"The projects - including Helen's Swansea Bay and Gower Beach Clean Stations - are rooted in our communities and are driven for people in those communities.

"They all offer something important and I hope that many other schemes find success through Crowdfund Swansea."

Helen Wright said: "I thank all those who donated to the Swansea Bay and Gower Beach Clean Stations scheme through Crowdfund Swansea.

"I hope we can inspire more people to get involved in voluntary litter-picking all around our beautiful coastline, one of the most beautiful in the world.

"I'd love to have beach clean stations all along the coast to encourage more people to take pride in it, to help keep it clean and safe. It's important that, as local residents, we're mindful of our own behaviours and ways we can help improve our environment."

One beach clean station is already located outside The Secret Beach Bar and Kitchen, St Helen's. It is being well used.

Other locations that may soon have stations include: Coast Cafe, Swansea Marina; Fortes, Limeslade; Langland's Brasserie, Langland; Smugglers Beach, Port Eynon; and Gower Coast Adventures, Oxwich.

The stations are produced by the 2 Minute Foundation, a registered charity devoted to cleaning the planet two minutes at a time. It has more than 800 beach clean, street clean and litter pick stations across the UK and Ireland.

Crowdfund Swansea allows Swansea residents to raise funds for community projects.

Launched by the council last winter, it is backed by specialist funding organisation Spacehive.

Crowdfund Swansea initiatives are showcased on the project website as they bid for public support.

Successful projects will be in addition to schemes already delivered by the council. Crowdfund Swansea complements the council's regeneration work, specifically that by partnership body Regeneration Swansea.

Successful groups so far have included Pontarddulais Cricket Club, the Friends of Hafod-Morfa Copperworks and the Friends of the City of Swansea Botanical Complex.

For more about Crowdfund Swansea log on to

Image: Helen Wright, of the Swansea Bay and Gower Beach Clean Stations project, at Swansea seafront's The Secret with Jordan Williams of project supporter Pathetic Brands, an online sustainable products retailer.

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