Abbeyford Leisure to join Ben Fogle in beach clean

Abbeyford Leisure to join Ben Fogle in beach clean

Management from Abbeyford Leisure are set to join Ben Fogle and a team of volunteers to help keep St Andrews' beaches barefoot friendly.

Barefoot Wine and Ben Fogle are leading the way in a campaign to keep Britain’s beaches ‘barefoot friendly’ and on Monday 2nd September, Abbeyford Leisure's Kevan Lodge and Peter Davies, will be joining volunteers to roll-up their sleeves to clean West Sands beach in St Andrews.

The national Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, now in its sixth year, kicked off in May and continued throughout spring and summer with environmentalist and adventurer Ben Fogle as ambassador.

Barefoot Wine has teamed up with environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to encourage volunteers to join the coastal clean. After collecting a Barefoot Wine/SAS t-shirt and any necessary kit, volunteers will spend the morning collecting litter along West Sands beach, and end the session with a celebratory glass of Barefoot Wine.

Ben will be personally hosting the St Andrews event alongside environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), giving volunteers the chance to meet one of the UK’s most ardent supporters of the British seaside.  

Ben Fogle, who also led the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project in 2012, commented: “I’ve been involved in environmental issues for years and I’m passionate about the outdoors. A seemingly clean beach can actually have huge amounts of litter and rubbish just hidden beneath the surface, it’s a bit like sweeping rubbish under the carpet. The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project makes tackling environmental issues fun and an activity that everyone can get involved with.”

“Barefoot Wine is very proud to be working with Ben Fogle for what’s set to be another exciting year of the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project”, said Barefoot Wine Marketing Manager, Yona Ellis “Ben Fogle is the ideal ambassador to raise awareness of our coastline and inspire people to make the UK’s beaches ‘barefoot friendly’ for future generations and beyond. We are pleased to be working with Surfers Against Sewage for the sixth year in a row and all our Barefooters are looking forward to helping out at the clean ups and serving volunteers a well deserved glass of Barefoot Wine!”

Abbeyford Leisure Director, Kevan Lodge, will be joining the team on Monday and said: "Beaches are a key part of our customers' holidays and our St Andrews Holiday Park overlooks the beautiful East and West Sands Beaches. It's important we keep them clean for generations to come and I would encourage our holiday home owners and holidaymakers to come down on Monday to take part and have some fun."

For more information about the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project 2013 and for the full list of beach clean dates and locations, please visit