Updated: Jan 30
Watch here for proof that everybody loves to go to a golden, sandy beach, not that we were ever in any doubt!! In Northern Ireland they're actually creating one 20 miles away from the coast.
As featured on ITV News, a business man there has brought in beautiful sand to Rose Park Farm near Ballymoney. It's a petting zoo, adventure park, and nature reserve and now has a sandy beach for his customers to enjoy. How lucky!
(Video credit to the person on The Evidence page for highlighting this).
Beaches are a place of escape and relaxation. Whenever you are asked to relax and think of a 'happy' place you are often encouraged to think of your favourite beach... and the image this evokes is not one of 4 foot high spartina clumps and a meadow.
People matter! People need their local beach back for relaxation and recreation. Mental health is noticeably improved by a visit to the beach. Researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health have found that even just a short walk on the beach can boost mental health and help to tackle depression. Unfortunately, the current state of the beach is having the opposite effect - causing stress and heartache for locals.
This is why we are campaigning for a section of Hoylake Beach, from Kings Gap to the new Lifeboat Station to be cleared and returned to a golden sand amenity beach.
We've covered this before, but we'll repeat again for new followers, the SSSI protection was originally for the wading birds and not the beach. The waders are at increasing risk of predators as the grass and spartina continue to grow higher, thicker and wider, meaning predators can hide, ready to pounce.
:: Hoylake Beach Community, is a voluntary group who have been asking WBC for a compromise that will suit all. Our hope is for a section* of the beach to be restored to sand so that residents from across Wirral and beyond can utilise it for recreation and health and well-being purposes.
We are asking for a common sense approach for ALL; wildlife, nature & people. The half mile stretch* of amenity beach we would like equates to less than 1% compared to the Wirral shoreline conservation area. There really has to be a balance of human and environmental needs.
Hoylake Beach Community are not affiliated with any other group. HBC only use two forms of online communication. This website and a Facebook group which anyone is welcome to request to join. Search Hoylake Beach Community. HBC do not use any other social media.
*We are not asking for the whole beach, our compromise is just for the section that runs alongside North Parade from Kings Gap to the RNLI station, with the rest being left to the grasses. We do not support chemicals, only raking.
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