THE BRITTAS BAY Coastcare Group were presented with the Longserving Coastcare Group Award at An Taisce's annual Clean Coasts Symposium and Coastcare Merit Awards. Volunteers belonging to the Wicklow group received their reward at the Royal College of Physicians.
The symposium was an important knowledge exchange forum for those with an interest coastal conservation, particularly the issue of marine litter. Fergus O'Dowd, Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, officially opened the event.
The Brittas Bay Coastcare Group has been in existence since 2007 and, during that time, has developed beach clean-up skills, such as sifting through campsites in sand for broken glass, sand dune preservation, planting marram grass and creating local coastal awareness by holding family fun days and giving talks to local schools.
They are also the only group in the county to receive two awards as part of the Pure Mile Project. This was in recognition of their work in cleaning and maintaining a mile stretch of road and creating a park in a derelict overgrown area.
They also helped mobilise local primary school pupils to undertake an extensive range of history projects covering the local area.