We had a brilliant day in the sun for our Kingston Coastal Workshop and it was a fantastic way to end Education Director Mandy’s 13 years at DRI! She will be greatly missed by staff, teachers, students and a wide sector of our conservation community! We wish you all the best Mandy it has been an honour to work with you!
Ambassadors began their day with the City of Kingston demonstrating a mechanical litter collection and we discussed litter issues on our beaches. Ambassadors were surprised to learn of the huge associated costs of equipment, staff and transport!
Then it was on to a weeding and planting session including a discussion about the issues with invasive grasses and the importance of replanting sand dunes to provide habitat, and stabilization to reduce erosion along this beautiful coastline.
We also had an fabulous session with Hudson from Living Culture with indigenous artefacts, spear throwing and fire making! Ambassadors also loved learning about our amazing indigenous history and culture!
Ambassadors got hands on during the Sand Sort workshop, racing to identify marine litter, and we followed up with a discussion on the issues and solutions to litter on our beaches with the number one solution TO REDUCE our consumption of single use items!
Thank you so much to Stephen from the Chelsea Yacht-Club for providing such a fabulous venue, our partners at the City of Kingston, Living Culture, and ISIC teachers and parent carers for transporting the Ambassadors to the workshop!