Members from the 18th Ipswich and 1st Clare Scout Troops took part in the yearly national beach clean on 21st September 2013 at Languard Point nature reserve. The Scouts spent the afternoon combing the beach and the surrounding areas and clearing up litter from this area of special scientific interest. They were guided by the local Landguard Ranger, Mr Chris Ryde and he commented on the way they did such a great job of the Beachwatch litter pick. “I was completely impressed by your Scout group and the way they got on with it,” he said. Lynn Allen, Countryside Officer for Suffolk SCDC, said “I am relieved to see that no balloon debris was found on your section of the beach – sadly you can almost guarantee this kind of litter on our beaches – but I always find it worrying when shotgun cartridges are retrieved. We are really grateful to you, and Chris Ryde has been singing your praises about the amazing effort made by you all. It’s incredible that you found so much litter in the area. Please pass on our sincere thanks to the Scouts and Leaders involved.” We were once again working in our local community to help to keep the environment in a good state and help toprotect plants and wild life from harm.

Michael Hansen, Scout Leader

18th Ipswich Scout Troop (Holywells)