McDonald's Big McClean up on Wallasea

Wallasea Island Wild Coast project

Wallasea Island Wild Coast project
Conservation for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK!

Wallasea Island Wild Coast project

McDonald's Big McClean up on Wallasea

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Wallasea is becoming known for its unusual partnerships and this week saw a new one develop.  No golden arches have sprung up on the island, but thanks to our friends in Rochford Council, a team of young staff from McDonalds spent an afternoon on site.


The teams from four McDonalds' branches in Southend are usually better known for their burger sales, but this week came along on a litter pick very different from those they are used to. Following on from our successful Shoreline Scavenge last year, we invited them to come along and help us clear the shores of some of the flotsam and jetsam that washes up with every tide.


Old boats and lumps of wood are to be expected, but these scavenges can turn up all manner of unexpected waste, which we hope to recycle or reuse where possible.This year's 'treasure' included a fire extinguisher, a wooden bench and one person triumphantly returned with a bicycle wheel! Unicycle anyone?
Many thanks to the council staff who brought the truck along to take away that which could not be used on site and we look forward to working with you all again on another project soon.  Maybe you'll bring the picnic next time?

  • Thanks Boys!  Nice to know we have your approval  ;)

  • very impressive example of community engagement - i also agree totally with Bill Oddie's Beard's comment

  • Excellent stuff! Great to see groups you wouldn't usually expect to be involved with such a project lending a hand. I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's so refreshing to see the direction that this project is heading in with regards to the people, in particular the local community. Keep it up!