After many months of planning a start was made by four members of the committee of Friends of Par Beach by clearing the base of Hut No. 77 ready for a brand new beach hut/FoPB Hub, opposite Milo’s Restaurant.
By the summer the hub will be open and give information about Par Beach and Par Sands Local Nature Reserve. It may come as a surprise to many local residents that there is a Local Nature Reserve on the site, but the designation has been in place since 1985.
There is a internet based news service, Cornwall Live, that has just published a list of beaches where dogs are banned. Par Beach has been included and is totaly innacurate. Par Beach is and will continue to be one of the few beaches in Cornwall where dogs are allowed all year.
Friends of Par Beach have contacted Cornwall Live to correct this statement. It seems the list has more than one innacurate entry.
Friends of Par Beach have been asked by Jolyon Sharpe, Countryside Officer for Cornwall Council to consult with the local community and beach users for their thoughts on the seaweed that sometimes washes up with the tides on Par Beach. FoPB has been given a questionnaire to put out on their behalf
If you want let the the Council know your thoughts you can download the questionnaire here to fill and and return by one of the methods given on the form. There will also be hard copies at locations given below where you can obtain, fill them in and leave at the location to be collected at a later date
Word version with this you can fill in using you computer.
pdf version that you can download to print to fill in by hand.
Hard copies of the form can be obtained from the following sites from Monday 27th March
Tywardreath Village Stores
Par Sands Holiday Park Reception
If you have any questions please contact Friends of Par Beach using the Contact Us Page with 'Seaweed Survey' in the subject.
On Sunday more than 30 hardy litter pickers, adults and children, chanced the weather to help Friends of Par Beach have a tidy of Par Beach and the Local Nature Reserve.
Despite a heavy duty hail and rain shower they managed to leave more than 30 bags for Biffa to collect.
The beach itself was not unduly littered, but hot-spots of the various car parks were pretty bad, which is disappointing as there are plenty of bins close-by.
The usual Friends of Par Beach gazebo was not in evidence as, due to the very strong gusts of wind it was deemed unsafe and the organisers managed to operate out of the backs of cars.
All in all, given the conditions, it was a successful event and thanks go to the 31 stalwarts who turned out. A special thanks to to a rather soggy Claire Louise Hunt, pictured below left who has long supported FoPB in her work as St Austell Tesco's Community Champion. Also pictured is Cllr Doug Scrafton (right) our local County and Parish Councillor another great supporter of Friends of Par Beach!
Last year on one of our regular winter work parties we cleared two areas of gorse which has become so rampant on the Nature Reserve. The purpose of this action was to create some sheltered spaces for insects and particularly butterflies to thrive.
On Sunday 22nd January we targetted the brambles which had inevitably grown in the cleared areas, and which had thrived in the new light which we created for them.
We were pleased to welcome a record seventeen people, and unusually nearly all were members, who enthusiastically attacked the brambles and their roots, a great deal of good work was done to help create a balanced environment at the western end of our favourite beach and local nature reseve.
As ever the event was a social occasion with stories and banter being exchanged during the half time tea break, usually the highlight of the day.
Our thanks to everyone who came along and also to Jan Phillips who led the group in her own knowledgeable manner.
Look out on social media and also on our posters for the next event which will be in February. Details already posted are shown here.
A combination of different factors all came together today when an amazing, second best ever, 110 volunteers answered our 'Call to Arms' and joined Friends of Par Beach to help clear the large volume of rubbish that had appeared over the holiday period.
This started over Christmas and New Year, when owing to the mainly clear and dry weather, many more than normal visitors and locals alike came to walk their dogs, walk off the Christmas pudding, or just to get some fresh air. Boxing Day had to be seen to be believed with literally hundreds of people and it seemed, just as many dogs enjoying the benefits of our wonderful beach.. It seems that many people used their own initiative and moved large pieces of Flotsam and Jetsam above the strand line and created several piles of rubbish, which was excellent.
Mike Freemantle, our Treasurer after one of his many walks along the shoreline, suggested that we should hold an Emergency Litter Pick to carry on the good work started by these thoughtful visitors. So at short notice we put the plan into action and went through the normal procedures of advertising the event in as many places as possible, in particular on social media.
The result was today's turnout, one of our best ever, including several children, many well behaved dogs, and interestingly at least half a dozen people brought along their own wheelbarrows, having taken notice of our advice about quite a lot of large objects to be cleared. Large objects were removed off the beach and many sifted through the seaweed on the strandlines to remove all non-natural debris, mostly plastics, the scourge of the marine environment.
It was impossible to count the amount of litter collected as we asked for the bags to placed near any of the rubbish bins along the road side of the dunes, so they were spread out. We do know however that there was an awful lot, but the beach looked much better afterwards as a result of the great community spirit. The team effort was completed by Biffa, the Council Refuse Contractors arriving almost as we finished to take everything away, and we thank them for their efficiency.
To everyone who came along, we thank you all, and please look out for details on our events page for our next regular Litter Pick/Beach Clean to be held in March along with other events as they are arranged.
To see some photos taken on the day click here