Form 4 join forces with Surfers Against Sewage 

On Friday afternoon, Form 4 joined forces with marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS). I have been working with this commendable charity for the past five years but it is the first time, to my knowledge, that St. Mary's has worked with SAS.

We used litter grabbers loaned to us by Melrose in Bloom and headed down to the Tweed on the hunt for litter. Some 8 million tons end up in the oceans every year and, with 5.25 trillion (5,250,000,000,000) pieces already there, it was up to us to stop some more finding its way down the Tweed.

We set to work and were soon laden down by a wide range of items; plastic bags and bottles, a pair of sunglasses, beer bottles and cider cans - even a pair of pants! Within 40 minutes we had collected around 25kg. This is quite a horrifying amount for less than a kilometre of bank but it shows what a big impact a determined group of children can have when they work together.

I know that what you did will make a real difference. I am sure that this will be the start of some really amazing projects with Surfers Against Sewage.

Well done to all involved!

group bridge

pair on beach

found something

open bag


pair on bank

group finish
My thanks to Dr. Morgan for the fantastic photographs.


Tom Rawson and Jo Scott Aiton, 06/02/2018