MORE than 30 local residents and visitors joined a beach clean-up at Primrose Valley as the holiday season gets underway.
The volunteers collected enough debris to fill a skip with all sorts of rubbish and other items that had either been washed up on the beach over the winter or dropped as itter.
The spring clean, organised by Haven holiday park, Scarborough Council and Cllr Nick Harvey, covered more than half a mile of beach as well as a nearby wooded path from Primrose Valley.
Scarborough Council provided litter picking sticks, gloves and other equipment for the clean-up while many team members from the holiday park also joined in.
Cllr Harvey said: “Mid-March is an ideal time to clear up the habitat prior to spring growth. Also having a tidy beach environment will discourage further litter dropping as the holiday season approaches.”
Jonathan Waldie, assistant general manager at Primrose Valley, said: “We filled one complete skip and we also had to use other skips on the holiday park. Local residents, holidaymakers and members of the team here joined in and we are grateful for the help of all those who volunteered.”
The clean-up came as the holiday park got off to a busy start to the 2011 season with bookings well up on this time last year, according to Mr Waldie. “We have been full since we opened and bookings are very encouraging for Easter and into early summer.”