IN 2006 the Friends of Tidemills, a voluntary group, began clearing up the beach and surrounding area of the old Tidemills near Newhaven.
Every month on the third Sunday, from 10am until midday, we clear rubbish from this beautifully-varied landscape of beach, countryside and ruins of the Tidemills buildings, and gradually we have got on top of the initial dereliction of industrial waste, sea-borne litter and tourist debris.
On Sunday, September 16, a group of around a dozen each collected a bag of rubbish plus a few larger articles.
In the last six years the Friends of Tidemills have also protected rare bird sites, supported better access across the Tidemills level-crossing and also encouraged the removal of many invasive plant species - like Japanese knotweed.
This exceptionally rare beach landscape has now received the added protection of inclusion within the South Downs National Park.
I hope that in future this kind of activity can now be regularly organised at the nearby internationally-renowned site of the Cuckmere Haven, where due to the tidal River Cuckmere and the thousands of visitors each day, the litter problem is appreciably worse.
Potential volunteers can also find details of work at The Cuckmere at the new site http://www.cuckmere.friends.org/