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Chairman to help volunteers keep Dawlish tidy

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Dinah Nichols
The chairman of Keep Britain Tidy, Dinah Nichols, will be joining a team of volunteers from South West Water for a clean-up of the beach at Dawlish Warren.

Dinah and 14 volunteers from South West Water will be putting their litter-pickers to use on Wednesday 7 August.

South West Water's Customer Relations and Business Development Director, Monica Read, said: "Our staff are proud to live and work in this beautiful region which is why, when we hold community events such as beach cleans, they are quick to volunteer and make a positive difference to the environment.

"Dawlish Warren is a very sensitive area for bird migration and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Our volunteers are very keen to see this unique environment restored to its best.

"Our beach cleans are run in conjunction with Keep Britain Tidy and we're delighted that the chairman, Dinah Nichols, is lending us her practical support on this occasion."

Dinah, who has been a member of the Pennon Board for 10 years and chairs its Sustainability Committee, said: "It is fantastic to see South West Water staff volunteering and showing that they love where they live by getting out there to make a real difference and I am delighted to be joining them for this clean-up.

"They are doing something that thousands of people up and down the country do on a regular basis, supported by Keep Britain Tidy, but it is a source of national shame that such clean-ups of our most beautiful places are necessary. Keep Britain Tidy is working with schools, businesses and its many supporters to encourage everyone, not just our dedicated volunteers, to show that they care about the places where they live, work and play."

This year, staff from across South West Water have already helped at beach cleans at Polzeath, Porthtowan, Exmouth, and Widemouth Bay and Upton Cove near Bude, and another beach clean is planned at Whitsand Bay, near Plymouth, in September.

Notes to editors

  • Dina was formerly Director General (Environment) at Defra, where she was responsible for the UK's policies on sustainable development and the environment at home, in the EU and worldwide, including sponsorship and funding of Keep Britain Tidy and its predecessor organisations.
  • Dinah is due to retire from the board of directors at Pennon Group plc, South West Water's parent company, at the conclusion of the AGM on 1 August 2013.

Published: 26 July 2013

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