Swanage Landers

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Swanage is an urban parish with a very busy annual calendar, and a high turnover of cultural and beach-going events. In addition to proactive Town Council, Dorset Council rangers (and a large team of volunteers) support Durlston Country Park and the National Trust look after the land to the North.  Within the Parish Swanage Landers deal with littering in the parish and the Beach Buddies address sea-side issues.

Coordinator:  Frank Roberts swanagelanders@herstoncross.co.uk

Mission: Our aim is to tackle the litter problem by engaging the broader community to raise awareness of what can be done, not only by litter-picking activities, but also to deal with the various sources of the problem at corporate and individual levels.

Grot Spots: Both Ulwell Lay-byes, Washpond Lane, various smoking areas.  Almost all disguarded cigarette butts in Swanage, which wash down the drain, go out to sea!

How are we doing?  Swanage Landers usually meet on the 4th Saturday of the month, however more regular volunteers have adopted a road or two and pop out on their own.  Small groups can also be seen supporting various events through the year. 

We have the full support of Swanage Town Council (STC), and a very small team of more eager individuals engage in weed removal & pavement sweeping, and the maintenance of street furniture.  We also assist the reporting of Highway faults to Dorset Council, and other issues to the utility companies! Both STC & Dorset Waste Partnership support us with limited resources, as do the organisations & people of Swanage, for which we are extremely grateful.

Swanage welcomes visitors, and many people help keep the town tidy and ensure that the public areas are tidy soon after events are over; including at 0600hrs on New Year’s Day! So, we are always on the lookout for willing volunteers to pick up litter, adopt a street or two or undertake pavement sweeping.

Monthly Meets. We usually meet at the Main Beach Car Park, Victoria Avenue, BH19 1PW on the 4th Saturday of the month at 0915hrs, for a short safety brief, and then we are out and about. Please wear appropriate clothing depending on the weather, appropriate footwear and bring gloves.

Contact Us.  If you have a suggestion or would like to join our growing team, please contact swanagelanders@herstoncross.co.uk  To report fly-tipping, pavement & street issues go to www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk