Get to know the team.
We are a group of eco-friendly nature lovers who wish to get all Jurassic Coast beach cleaners and litter pickers together. There is strength in numbers and with us all working together, we can accomplish so much more. Take a look at the beach cleaning page if you’d like to join us!
"Life is simple, just add water!"
I’m a sea kayaker, walker and lover of the outdoors. I grew up on the River Dart, playing in boats and kayaks as a child. Actually, not sure if I ever really grew up. I moved to a seaside town in 2011 and although I’ve always loved water, I realised I had finally found ‘home’, I started sea kayaking in early 2013 and since then, with help from many friends and supporters, I’ve raised over £20,000 for good causes under my Kayaking for Charity banner. I’m known for ‘Graceful Landings’ when arriving at beaches with the smallest of surf following me. The sea is my playground, Mother Nature is my reason for being and, now in my late 40’s, I have at last found where I belong and what I need and want to do.
I’ve recently gave up on a 33 year career fixing cars for a living and, as well as my voluntary role here at Clean Jurassic Coast where I spend 2 or 3 days a week beach cleaning and running this CIC, I am now working for charities like Keep Britain Tidy (I am one of their ambassadors). It’s time for a change, time to do something for the planet, time to help it!
A couple of years ago, I had an idea called Just Add Water, Not Plastic, named after my wooden kayak Just Add Water. I was fed up with collecting plastic from every beach I stopped at when I was out on the water. After becoming an Ambassador for the Jurassic Coast Trust late 2019, I changed the name to Clean Jurassic Coast, changed the plan and here we are writing this bio! I have so much to say, but I’ll save it for a story. I love to write a good story.
In 2021 I kayaked from John O’Groats to Land’s End in Just Add Water, raising awareness about the effects of plastic pollution in the marine environment. A world’s first (it had only ever been done the other way before), I successfully went against the prevailing winds and completed the 963 mile trip in 56 days.
I also look after Oly on his Awareness swims!
You can find me on Instagram as @cleanjurassiccoast or @adventures.of.just.add.water (where you’ll find blogs about my kayak trip).
"The sound of the ocean calms the commotion!"
Hey, my name’s Oly and as you can probably guess I’m a bit of an ocean lover!
From a very early age I trained as a competitive swimmer and from this, my love for water began. Growing up, holidays were always on the coast and many were spent camping in Cornwall. I’d be in the sea all day body-boarding and that led me to a love of surfing.
Nowadays I run a small plastering business which gives me the flexibility I need to be able to go surfing whenever there are waves or, if it’s calm, I do a lot of sea swimming. Fitness has always been a big part of my life and there’s rarely a day that goes by that I’m not doing some form of exercise.
All this time spent on the coast and in the sea has opened my eyes to the enormity of the environmental impact the human race has had on the earth. I decided I needed to do something about this and try to live as sustainably as I can, but felt I wanted to get involved in trying to help clean some of the plastic from the sea as well!
I have started doing yearly ‘Awareness Swims’, where I swim to raise awareness about the effect of plastic pollution. in 2020 I swam the Jurassic Coast, covering 100 miles in 10 days, and in 2021 I set a new record swimming around the Isle of Wight in 15 hours and 9 minutes!
You can find me on Instagram as @_projectplanet_
"Just Keep Swimming!"
Hi everyone, another nature enthusiast here, and a sea swimmer!
I have always had a natural draw to the ocean, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise to me when I chose to go to a University next to the sea. This resulted in many beach barbecues and sea swimming adventures, without a wetsuit! These experiences, along with my University studies, secured my passion to work in nature conservation.
In my job, I highlight the fascinating connections between the environment millions of years ago and our modern world. I am particularly keen to engage young people with nature, as it is the next generation who will be most impacted by changes in the environment. It can be frustrating to go up against environmental challenges like ocean pollution and climate change, but I have seen some incredible acts of kindness and believe that, together, we can make a difference.
Currently, I am helping out with the ‘tech’ side of Clean Jurassic Coast, but as this initiative grows, I hope I will meet more enthusiastic people who can help keep our beaches clean!
"Just change the packaging!"
I am a lover of nature and the Dorset Coastline. I’ve lived on the coast my whole life and as a child, my dad used to take me sailing regularly. This bred my passion and love for the ocean.
I am also a local photographer which draws me to the coastline regularly, thus being exposed to the litter constantly being left behind and highlighting the plastic epidemic. Finding the like-minded souls of Clean Jurassic Coast has given me the hope and outlook needed to find solutions to the problems.
For me, being active on the coastline and keeping the scenery clean is something of a meditation, a release which leaves me with a humbling feeling when walking away from a cleaner environment.
I am glad I picked up a litter picker and joined the cause, the movement is growing, join us and make a difference today.
You can find me on Instagram as @louispulford_creative
"Living life on the veg!"
Hi all, my name is Lee – skateboarder, photographer, drone pilot and all-round nature lover!
I run a Dorset based Bamboo Toothbrush company called ‘Bamboozle Toothbrush’ which is another way to help people reduce their single-use plastics at home.
I joined the Clean Jurassic Coast team to help keep our litter riddled corner of home that little bit cleaner and as nature intended. Having lived here for 31 years, the Jurassic coast still has that ability to take you back in time, now that’s worth fighting for!
You can check out my work here on Instagram – @leecooperphotography
“Be the solution to plastic pollution”
Hi. I’m Gordon. I’m a retired chef and have been on the Jurassic Coast for well over 40 years. I’m happiest when I’m in, on, or under the water and have always picked up rubbish from beaches for as long as I can remember.
Then I joined Clean Jurassic Coast and learned there is strength in numbers. Over the last few years, we have removed serious quantities of plastic pollution from all along our Heritage Coast. If you too want to make a difference, pick something, anything, up.
I’m on Instagram as @beachbuddy10
"When the sun comes up, it lights up everybody."
In so many ways, we all come from the water. We are water and we are all connected because of it.
My siren name is Taurva and my human name is Hannah. I am a daughter or ‘mer-maiden’ of both land and sea and I surfaced to help the wonderful Clean Jurassic Coast help recover and rebalance our home.
Like most merfolk now I was born on land. Over the years the water has become increasingly toxic and full of plastic and trash. The ocean floors, sea families and habitats are being destroyed by fishing trawlers, abandoned or damaged nets and land waste is leaking everywhere.
My ocean brothers and sisters are choking on microplastics, being negatively affected by changes of temperature in the water and whole ecosystems are collapsing. In a desperate attemt to find a way to stop this devastation and survive, merfolk have been walking on land and living in secret to find a solution. I want to help reconnect people back to the sea and inspire humans to thrive daily without damaging the planet.
On land I am a Professional Musical Theatrical Performer and I have been lucky enough to have travelled and performed in theatres all over the worId. Through travelling I quickly saw the horrific things that were happening daily to animals, people and how much plastic and waste is effortlessly choking our environment. I’ve also seen some incredible activism, been a part of peaceful protests and now whitness daily compassion and education everywhere.
Whether it be for animal rights, replanting trees, self car or coral restoration projects there is a huge mindfull shift happening and I truly believe togther we will and are helping to rebalance. I care deeply for the wellbeing of the earth and oceans and want to help by reigniting the power of empathy through story telling and art.
What we all do really matters! Even if switching from plastic bottled washing up liquid to soap bars or joining a beach clean feels small, it really isn’t.
This is why I am so proud to now be a member of CJC and I cannot wait to for the next adventure and connect with you all!
So my question to you is what will you do now, will you help us?