Banna Group Wins National Clean Coasts Award

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Banna Beach Coastcare, winners of Big Beach Clean Award category.

BANNA Beach Coast Care Group took home first place in the Big Beach Clean Award category for Ocean Hero 2021.

The category celebrates the groups who did incredible work over Clean Coasts’ annual Big Beach Clean weekend by hosting their own clean-up events.

Each year, the Ocean Hero Awards honour the invaluable contribution Clean Coasts volunteers, groups and communities have made towards conserving our spectacular coastline.

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When talking about their group and their Big Beach Clean event Banna Beach Coastcare  said:  “The group started out mostly with friends and family in the first year, then a few volunteers from other groups joined and have continued coming to all the clean ups over the years. We saw a fantastic turnout for this year’s Big Beach Clean where 67 volunteers gave up their time to help clean up Kerry’s beautiful coastline. Approximately, 30 bags of litter were collected which were filled with marine litter.”

This year in place of a traditional awards ceremony Clean Coasts decided to do something a little bit different.

They surprised the Kerry winners at Banna Coast Care with their very own Covid safe awards ceremony where they were presented with an Ocean Heroes plaque.

Over the past two weeks Clean Coasts have honoured winning groups, individuals, communities and businesses who have won an Ocean Hero Award for outstanding work and commitment to their coastlines and areas.

The awards, originally called the ‘Clean Coasts Merit Awards’, were conceived in 2006. Being Ireland’s foremost community-based coastal education programme, the Clean Coasts programme can count on the work of over 1,800 volunteer groups and over 37,000 volunteers.

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