Volunteering for Surfers Against Sewage

Volunteering for Surfers Against Sewage: Beach Cleaning at Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire


The beauty of volunteering is you get to meet so many like-minded people who want to help!

This film was put together by Andy and Siemon, Voices From Wales – A Video Series From Mother Bear Productions for free so we are really grateful. Also a big thanks to the talented Tom Dibb for letting us use his music.

A lot of you will already know that Jaz and I are the Surfers Against Sewage regional reps for South Pembrokeshire. This is purely a voluntary role, so we don’t get paid!

Our main aim is to try to keep our many beaches clean and free from plastic rubbish by rallying volunteers to come and help us collect it all and then we try to sort it and recycle or reuse as much of it as possible. We run workshops and talks at festivals and events to try to create awareness of the issues around single use plastics and other pollution.

We have been organising beach cleans at Freshwater West since 2014 but unfortunately it is never truly clean. Despite many other organisations, volunteer groups, schools and businesses also doing cleans we still have a huge problem with the ‘micro plastics’. It is an endless task picking these tiny fragments of plastic which come from bigger pieces broken down by the ocean and weather.

If you’d like to get involved please feel free to contact me (Anna) or take a look at the Surfers Against Sewage website for more information.


Festivals and Events 2018

Festivals and events we will be having our stall at in 2018 (List will be updated as we book more events in)


28th – Narberth Plant Fair 10am – 4pm

28th – Sustfash Wales, Sustainable Fashion Show, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea 7pm


7th –  Plastic Free Narberth, Queens hall 5pm

19th – Festival of the Sea, Gupton Farm, Freshwater West, 10am-late

25th-28th – The Big Retreat Wales, Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire


1st-3rd – The Westest VW Fest, Dewslake farm campsite, Lamphey, Pembrokeshire

15th-17th – Bristol Volksfest, Birches farm, Long Ashton, Bristol


6th-8th – Paddle Round the Pier, Brighton


8th – St Fagans makers market, Cardiff


17th – Ocean Guardians Day, Ocean Lab, Fishguard, 10am-4pm


19th – Dr Beynons Bug Farm Summer Fayre, St Davids 10.30am – 4.30pm

24th-27th – VW Jamboree, Cornwall



7th-9th – Busfest, Malvern showground


21st-23rd – Party in the Park, Himley Hall, Dudley



Autumn days on Pembrokeshire beaches

Amroth sunset

We had an amazing summer travelling the length and breadth of the country and have really enjoyed meeting so many new customers and catching up with those of you who keep coming back to expand your iSea wardrobes! Have you spotted yourself on our iSea instagram feed yet? https://www.instagram.com/iseasurf/

Looking back and moving forward
Autumn brings with it a time for reflection – and we’ve had our best year yet, so it’s a pleasure to look back on. It’s also a time for contemplation and planning. We’ve got some really exciting things coming up later this year, and I can’t wait to share them all with you, once they’re out of the whirring creative stages in my brain and into reality. One of my favourite ways to mull things over and to make big decisions is to head to the beach. Whether I’m losing myself in waves, walking alongside a spectacular sunset or beach-combing for hidden treasures, the coast is the place to clear my mind, or to mull things over, and where ideas and solutions to problems just pop into my head. With that in mind, we thought we’d let you know about some of our teams’ favourite beaches, and we really are spoilt for choice in Pembrokeshire.

Jaz chases waves
Freshwater West is my favourite beach at the moment. We organise a beach clean there twice a year and we always find lots of cool things hidden under rocks and in the seaweed. I love that you can have a really long walk on Fresh West, and it’s a good spot for surfing too. Cafe Mor is also a big hit with me!

Cez gets nostalgic
There’s nothing better than walk down at Penbryn, Cardiganshire (she’s a northerner!) when the wind is picking up – it’s so invigorating. I love heading through the woodland trails that bring you to the most beautiful unspoilt beach. I spent so much time here as a child and the ruggedness of the coastline always made me feel like I was in Jurassic Park! I love taking my dog for a walk there in the winter, when it’s quiet. It’s the perfect way to blow the cobwebs away.

Flo goes in search of adventure
My favourite bit of the beach is usually the rock face down to it! West Angle Bay is great for scrambling along the cliffs – that whole area is punctuated with cool rocks and boulders and interesting cracks and crevices that turn a walk into a climb. It’s a great spot for beach-combing too – I’ve found so many weird and wonderful there.


Marie finds a hidden treasure
I love Porthselau beach in St David’s. It’s a tiny beach with limited access, so it never gets too busy! I’ve been going there since I was a kid and have so many happy memories there. My favourite thing is to lie back in the sand and listen to the crashing waves – it’s so relaxing. You also get a beautiful view of St David’s head and Whitesands beach from the cliffs.


Anna keeps it local
I feel so lucky to have the beautiful Amroth beach on my doorstep. Whenever I’m working away, I love that first glimpse of the sea as I drive over the hill which means I’m nearly home. Amroth is the place I run, the place I relax and a great place to spot all sorts of sea life. I love the sense of community here too – over 100 people turned up to our last beach clean here. I find a lot of inspiration for my illustrations here – it really is a magical place.


Other beaches we thought deserve a mention…(too many to list them all!)
Newgale – a fave spot for surfing!

Barafundle Bay – has been named one of the world’s best beaches

Barafundle Beach
Broadhaven South – Has a great kids’ surf life saving club

Broadhaven South surfing

Tenby – A beautifully colourful seaside town with several beaches

Abereiddy Bay – Beautiful walks along the coast path with the Blue Lagoon a must visit.

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For more information on how to get involved with a beach clean or to organise your own, go to www.facebook.com/iseasurf or www.sas.org.uk