How we got started...

Our Co-ordinator and Chairman, Rob Curtis, came up with the idea for Friends of Barry Beaches after walking along a litter strewn Knap beach one day and with some help from friends, Ian from Keep Wales Tidy and a couple of Officers from the Vale of Glamorgan Council the Eco-Action-Group finally organised its first litter pick on September 2010 on the Knap beach. 

Since then the regular monthly beach cleans have attracted volunteers averaging 17-23 for each beach clean.

“Eco-volunteers take action to help clean failing Barry beach!”

Volunteers from Friends of Barry Beaches were once again at work this weekend cleaning one of Barry’s main beaches. The month of May’s turn was Watchtower Bay which earlier in the week had hit national headlines for having the eighth worst water quality in the UK.
This month 15 volunteers braved the damp weather and once again cleared the beach of rubbish and litter.
FOBB co-ordinator, Rob Curtis, said:
“It’s great to see that Barry people are willing to volunteer to help clean our local beaches...all too often people moan without doing anything to change things for the better.
Once again beer cans and plastic bottles made up the majority of the refuse collected. I would like to urge anyone thinking of having a bar-b-q to remember to bag all their rubbish and leave by one of the many council litter bins that cover the Watchtower /Knap beach.
Litter not only looks ugly strewn across our beautiful beaches but also kills marine life and sea birds.
Our next beach clean will be on Sunday 26th of June meeting by Marco’s Cafe Barry Island Square at 3pm. All volunteers are always very welcome to come along and help protect our marine environment.”