DISCARDED bottle tops, plastic bags, crisp packets and sweet wrappers collected from Sandbanks and Chesil beach have been given a new lease of life by local artist Claire Nuttell and students from Arts University College Bournemouth as unique festive decorations.
Twenty football sized baubles created out of beach litter have gone up across Dorset at The Steamer Point Local Nature Reserve at Christchurch, Ashley Road in Poole, Durslton Castle at Swanage and The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland, to show support for the local "Litter Free Coast and Sea" campaign this Christmas.
Matilda Bark, co-ordinator of the Litter Free Coast and Sea Campaign said: "Along the Dorset coast we have some of the cleanest beaches and bathing waters in the country. We created the baubles because we wanted to thank beach goers for helping to keep the beaches clean. It is clear that the majority of people take real pride in our beaches and take their litter home or use the bins where provided. However, the baubles show that some litter is still finding its way to our beaches."