Cornwall is blessed with some of the Country's best beaches and these beaches are a hotspot for tourists (I don't know why I'm explaining this to you, if you live in Cornwall you know what the traffic can be like!). Because they get so many visitors these beaches are in need of plenty of cleaning and attention. Following the Easter break 15 volunteers from Cornwall Council offered to spend a day helping to clean one of Cornwall's most beautiful beaches, Daymer Bay.

When I first arranged to clean Daymer Bay with the volunteers I had to give them my usual warning that the day might be cancelled due to bad weather, what none of us expected though was the one of the best days of the year so far! The volunteers were able to spend the day walking around Daymer Bay beach, Bray Hill and the coastal path towards Polzeath in the relative quite of the post-Easter season looking for waste and helping to tidy the area. Their actions are a benefit to both the environment and nearby businesses, which thrives on tourism and their actions were appreciated by one local businessman so much he offered the team discount pasties for their lunch!

Although the beach was cleaner than we had expected so we came across plenty of waste which needed collecting. Including a mattress, a pair of underpants and also a ten pound note which the volunteers felt was best to reinvest in the local economy.

It was a great joy to be able to spend such a nice day outside in the sunshine which we would have all otherwise spent indoors in our offices and to also work together to help tidy the beaches and dunes of Daymer.

If you have any interest in taking part in a team volunteering day please leave a message below or contact Colum Taylor on 01872 266991.