Back in August 2021, while members of the club were exploring the absolutely stunning sea caves up on the north coast, we came across a cave only accessible by sea. But what we found inside certainly shocked us all. We decided on the spot that we as a club would be doing something about it.
So on the weekend of the Saturday 28th of May 2022, we are Organising a large cave clean up on the North Coast.
We estimate there is around 45 years of plastic and marine rubbish in the cave on the Giants Causeway.
We are all volunteers and we are passionate about preserving caves throughout our beautiful island.
In this Cave there are some fantastic calcite formations that are in danger of being destroyed.
There will be 3 moving parts to this and hopefully the logistics will pay off
The Rigging Team and the Cave Team will swim to the cave. The rigging team will set up hauling lines and hand lines, they will then become the support team. The Cave teams task will be to fill 30 x 1 tonne bags with plastic and marine waste etc... ready to be rafted up in batches to be floated out.
The Boat and Support Team will be standing by in the water. The support team will use kayaks to take a line out to the boat and the boat team will haul the rafted bags out to the boat where they will tow these to Portballintrae Harbour.
The Ground Team will pull these ashore, they will then assort, photograph and log all the rubbish being landed and then dispose of in the skips provided.
So as you can see there will be a lot going on.
Firstly, if you would to volunteer and take part in our clean up please get in touch.
Secondly, as much as we would like to do these things for free, unfortunately it cannot be possible without pennies. So if you are able to donate a little it would be very much appreciated thank you.
We need the following help to buy equipment that will help us achieve this goal, I.e. stainless Steel Carabiners, Pulleys, Rubble Sacks, PPE feeding the volunteers etc...
All the money that we raise will go towards this clean up project helping us keep our beautiful and natural landscape clean for years to come. With any funds that is left over will be put into the next conservation project.
Liam McCarthy USSCC Chairman