Coastal communities network discusses coastal littering and King Charles III England Coast Path  


The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) coastal communities national network discussed coastal littering and King Charles III England Coast Path.

At the meeting on 26 February 2024, the network was joined by Luke Douglas-Home, a charted environmentalist from The Crown Estate. He presented his research and initiatives for The Crown Estate. He also shared how his work has contributed to developing the Crown Estate’s Marine Litter Strategy (MLS) for England. Following a question on coastal littering from a previous meeting, Luke discussed the Coastline Runner Initiative, where he actively runs along the coast collecting shoreline plastic and engages with local (parish and town) councils, schools, and organisations.  

The network also heard from Paul Johnson, who works on the Natural England Statuary Access programme on King Charles III England Coast Path. He provided an overview of the Marine Coastal Access Act 2009, Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, and National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. He explained how the acts will be updated under Natural England’s proposal.  

The next network meeting will be on 23 May 2024.  

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