Cornwall

Cornish family turns beach plastic waste into art

beach cleaning art Image copyright Vanessa Gosbee
Image caption Vanessa Gosbee donates the art to a local restaurant

A family left "shocked" by the amount of litter found on Cornish beaches have turned their finds into art.

Vanessa Gosbee, who lives in Padstow, said she and her sons had recently discovered "more waste than ever".

Stormy weather in January saw a "tidal wave of waste" scooped up from the seabed on to beaches in the south-west of England.

Ms Gosbee said the art is donated to a local restaurant, who sell the pieces to raise money for beach cleaning.

Image copyright Vanessa Gosbee
Image caption Vanessa Gosbee said she and her sons had discovered "more waste than ever" recently

"We spend most of our time at Trevone, Constantine Bay, Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay," Ms Gosbee said.

"Both myself and my boys have found it shocking, we couldn't turn a blind eye to it, it affects us all, so we needed to do something.

"I love being creative and being a mum, and sharing life's experiences with my children, including educating them about the importance of recycling and keeping our beaches clean for the sake of nature."

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Image caption Vanessa Gosbee turns piles of waste like this....
Image copyright Vanessa Gosbee
Image caption ....to these works of art

The worst beach Ms Gosbee says she tackled was Constantine Bay in north Cornwall.

"There was masses of waste," she said.

"It could have easily filled in excess of 100 bags of rubbish.

"Old boots, surgical gloves, flippers, thousands of plastic bottles... [there was] so much waste."

Image copyright Vanessa Gosbee
Image caption Vanessa Gosbee's six-year-old son Jensen found this plastic ring on a beach clean
Image copyright Vanessa Gosbee
Image caption Her other son Joshua Gosbee, aged nine, helped to clean Trevone beach

A £750,000 scheme to tackle plastic pollution in the South West has been launched by the Environment Agency.

It follows the government's pledge to eliminate avoidable waste and plastics in the UK by 2042.

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