Staff at PGL Little Canada centre on the Isle of Wight were out and about recently on a mission to clean up some of the island’s beaches. The aim was simple; 6 days…34 PGL staff members…11 beaches…collect as much waste as possible so the local community and tourists alike can continue to enjoy the beautiful coastline on the Isle of Wight. The weather was good for most of the week, but high tides meant having to wait for access to the beaches – time well spent litter picking elsewhere on the island. Here’s how the team got on and what was collected in the process.

Day 1 (team of 6)
Totland Bay & Colwell Bay

Collected 13 bags + kitchen sink


Day 2 (team of 5)
Brook, Steep Hill Cove & Ventnor

Collected 9 bags


Day 3 (team of 6)

Collected 11 bags + traffic cone and a bodyboard


Day 4 (team of 5)
Brighstone Bay

Collected 5 bags + washed up fishing nets


Day 5 (team of 6)
Sandown & Shepherds Chine

Collected 16 bags + 5 plastic containers and an oil drum


Day 6 (team of 6)
St Helens & Ryde

Collected 11 bags + a kid’s bike


At the end of the six days our 34 staff members had collected 63 bags of rubbish plus numerous random finds on no fewer than 11 beaches! Mission well and truly accomplished, and well done to everyone who took part.

You can explore the Isle of Wight on our UK Explorer course for primary schools or use the island as your base for a Field Studies trip for secondary schools.