Big Clean Up On Portland

A scenic part of Dorset's coastline has had a big clean up - 15 climbers tackled an area on the east side of Portland which is often used as a rubbish dumping ground by visitors and flytippers.

Climbers on Portland have teamed up with the Wild About Weymouth and Portland Dorset County Council coastal rangers to help clean-up a beautiful view point on the Jurassic Coast. 

The Cheyne Weares car park, located on the east side of the island, has fabulous views of the dramatic landscape and cliffs and across to the chalk cliffs of Purbeck.  Unfortunately, it is often spoiled by litter, either fly-tipped or left by visitors.    

Thanks to the efforts of 15 climbers and rangers an amazing 76 bags of general rubbish including packets, cans, bottles, and wrappers. A number of larger, fly-tipped items were also hauled up the grassy cliff using ropes (kindly donated by Lyon Equipment Ltd) and pulley systems.

Neal Heanes, the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) representative for the island, said: "Through the BMC website and online climbing forums we asked climbers to lend a hand with clearing this view point. 

"The site is near to several popular climbing locations which are enjoyed by local and visiting climbers, so there was a lot of enthusiasm from those who came to help. 

"Despite the awful weather there was a good turn out, which meant the job got done in a few hours. Hopefully our efforts will help to enhance Portland's reputation as a pleasant place for climbers to visit."

Coastal ranger Lyn Cooch said: "The climbers did a brilliant, thorough job. Collecting the rubbish safely would not have been possible without them, or their equipment, so we are extremely grateful for all their efforts.

"Located on the Coast Path and Legacy Trail, this viewpoint is a key location for walkers and visitors to Portland. It is lovely to be able to see the flowering horseshoe and kidney vetch on the steep grassy slopes with no litter.  

"We really hope the area will be respected and enjoyed in the future, with people taking their litter home.  This is a great contribution to raising awareness of the problem of litter along the coast and the importance of the local Litter Free Coast and Sea campaign."