Get to know the team.
"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 £15000 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 started a Countryside Ranger course after spending over 30 years fixing cars for a living. It’s time for a change, time to do something for the planet, time to help save 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.
You can find me on Instagram as @cleanjurassiccoast (link at top of page).
If you click HERE you’ll find a hidden page of my prose.
"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!
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!
"Get lost in nature and you will find yourself!"
Hi. My name is Anna, I’m an outdoor enthusiast and passionate about helping our planet.
When I’m not doing beach cleans you can find me hiking the South West Coast Path or bobbing about in my kayak.
I have always loved being outdoors and with nature. Childhood holidays were spent hiking the lake district but the hills never get any easier!
After spending a long time cleaning beaches on my own, I joined the Clean Jurassic Coast team who share the same morals, values and passions. It really is true, teamwork makes the dream work!
You can find me on Instagram as @annaloistaylor
"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 @louisp_photography
"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