Current News
Update on our Beach Hut/Hub
15th June 2017

We are getting nearer!! The base for our beach hut/hub is now in place and the hut itself is now on order from Just Fir near Par Harbour. We are hoping that it will be in place by mid July and after some fitting out should be in service in time for the summer season.


Beach Clean with a Difference
16th May 2017

On a sunny but blustery morning of Sunday 14th May about 20 people came along to help us collect plastics from the shoreline and the beach area. Rob Thompson and Natallia Paliakova from Fathoms Free came along to help sort the plastics from the general rubbish and to take it away. We filled two bags, a bag of general plastics and another of pieces of plastic netting, rope, cord and other plastic filamentous material. The general plastics will be stored by Fathoms Free and then be sent to FatYak, a UK South West-based Kayak manufacturer who are experimenting in turning the plastics into body boards and kayaks as part of their joint project with Fathoms Free, Paddle for Plastics; at the end of the page from the link you can see a picture of the prototypes. The other material will be stored to be sent in bulk with all the plastic netting and rope that Fathoms Free have retrieved from the seabed to a facility in Denmark that can deal with this kind of material for recycling.

The amount collected was not as great as one would hope but that in turn is good. It seems that we at Par Beach are not seeing the amount of plastics that we used to. That is not to say that the marine plastics issue is getting better, it is not, there some beaches in Cornwall seeing large amounts of plastics washing up! There is a huge amount of work to be done to lessen its impact on the environment. On our own beach more and more people are being observed carrying their own mini beach cleans during visits with their dogs or just out for a walk, This will go some way to explain why we are seeing less rubbish on the beach. A big round of applause to those that help to make the beach a better place for us all by keeping it clean of rubbish, we all thank you….

'Friends' and Fathoms Free's beach HQ

 

Phil with Rob and Natallia from Fathoms Free sorting out the plastics into the two bags ably supervised by Gill


Vote for Friends of Par Beach at Tesco
11th May 2017

Vote for Friends of Par Beach at Tesco

Friends of Par Beach is delighted to announce that we are one of the Community Groups selected to participate in the Tesco Bags of Help initiative at the St Austell (Holmbush) store and the Tregonissey Tesco Express from now until the end of June. There is no minimum spend, but you may need to remind the cashier that you want the voting disc.

Please help us spread the word - tell your friends, neighbours, relatives. The more people who know that we can gain funding from Tesco the better.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £1000-£4,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and Friends of Par Beach is asking for your support when shopping at the Tesco stores mentioned above.

Friends of Par Beach, in its ongoing support of Par Sands Local Nature Reserve, will spend the money to coppice part of the wetland area. This has been part of the Management Plan for many years and is long overdue. As otters are known to pass through the area, the wood will be used to build an otter holt, in the hope that they might stay.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between."

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Friends of Par Beach Hub
10th April 2017

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.


Dogs are NOT Banned from Par Beach
9th April 2017

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.


Seaweed Survey
25th March 2017

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 Library
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.

 


Sunday March 5th Beach Clean
6th March 2017

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!

 

       


Bramble Clearing on the Dunes
23rd January 2017

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.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 


Great Team Effort Helps to Clean up Par Beach
9th January 2017

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

 



Cornwall Council Park Leisure Par Sands Friends of Par Beach are supported by
Par Bay Big Local, Trenython Manor,
Par Sands Coastal Holiday Park,
Cornwall Council Community Grant
Trenython Manor Par Bay Big Local