A team from Whitstable Bay Veterinary Centre has mounted a litter cleaning session on a nearby beach.
In response to the practice’s call for help with its litter pick, 23 volunteers helped clear the shores of discarded items, ranging from bottle tops to barbecues.
Whitstable Bay Vets is not yet a year old, but the practice has already established strong community links in the town.
A programme of free owner education evenings have proved popular, while calendar sales and seasonal events raise money for local animal charities.
In line with the team’s commitment to educate the next generation in environmental awareness, the practice has also installed bird boxes, hedgehog lodges and insect hotels, and planted a wildflower meadow to support pollinators.
Vet and joint owner Vicky Scutt explained how the idea for the litter pick came about.
She said: “Sustainability is one of our practice’s core values, and we’re always looking for practical ways to bring this to life – we recycle everything we can and continually work to actively reduce waste.
“Our beautiful shores are a great place to enjoy some fresh air and exercise, especially for those of us with dogs, and, with summer approaching, the team came up with the idea of a community litter pick to help keep the beach safe and scenic.
“Thank you to everyone who came out to help – we had a lovely afternoon in the sunshine and left the beach looking great.”