Local Lincolnshire Champion Recognised with National Award
05 October 2021
Local Lincolnshire local community champion, Lianne Havell, has been recognised in this year’s prestigious British Citizen Award roll of honour for her inspiring work as a coastal and marine advocate.
In 2016, Lianne founded Sutton-on-Sea BeachCare, a team of local volunteers who care for the Lincolnshire coastline. The BeachCare programme, delivered by Keep Britain Tidy in partnership with Anglian Water, has been running for over a decade and encourages local communities to take responsibility for their coastal habitats, undertaking various activities focused on maintaining the beauty of our beaches and safety of wildlife.
Irrespective of weather, Lianne and her volunteers visit the beach and promenade in Sutton-on-Sea on a daily basis to clear litter, removing huge quantities of rubbish before it reaches the ocean and keeping the area clean and safe for residents, tourists and wildlife. Since the start of 2021, the team have undertaken 114 beach cleans, collected 843 cans, 772 plastic bottles, 60 glass bottles, 381 face masks, and filled 213 bags of litter.
In addition to the practical volunteering, Lianne has raised awareness and understanding of the coastal environment to local residents and organisations. In 2019 Lianne spearheaded the effort to establish Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpes as a Plastic Free Community, ensuring the area was the first to be awarded the national Surfers Against Sewage environmental recognition in the East Anglian Region.
A devoted volunteer for all aspects of marine life, Lianne dedicates her time to several other coastal organisations. She is a volunteer Marine Mammal Medic, trained by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue. Here she helps marine life in trouble, rescuing seals, dolphins and whales stranded on her local beach.
Catherine Holborn, who nominated Lianne for the award said, “Lianne has been the driving force in the community for action against the issues the coastline faces; litter pollution, wildlife safety and protection of historical artefacts.
“Without Lianne, Sutton on Sea as a community may be less aware of the problems surrounding litter pollution and would undoubtedly have less opportunity to make a positive difference to local marine wildlife.”