With spring almost on the horizon Coverack is getting ready for the warmer months with a family event that has the added benefit of cleaning up the area.

Community group Coverack Space 2000 (CS2000) is organising a spring clean and scavenger hunt during February half term - and items collected will go towards creating artwork for the village.

Both events take place on Thursday, February 21 with the spring clean starting at 10am. Any part of the village can be cleaned, with gloves, bags and grabbers available to borrow from outside Coverack Information Point, between Harbour Lights and the Old Mill Shop.

The scavenger hunt will then take place on Coverack Beach between 12.30pm and 2pm, challenging families to find a list of objects within an allocated time and then make display from them. Only natural objects should be left on the beach, with any man made rubbish removed.

CS2000 is gradually creating features made from beach rubbish as part of Coverack’s decorations for Pirate and Mermaid Week each the summer. Currently there is a mermaid with bright orange fishing net hair and they hope to be able to add a sea serpent to the village displays this year.

Monthly beach cleans on the first Tuesday of each month have been taking place for more than ten years, in which all collected rubbish can be left by the dog waste bin at North Corner, near the bus shelter, for the council to collect.

Various initiatives such as the 'two minute beach clean', 'take five bits of rubbish of the beach' and the 'Keep Coverack clean' buckets, which are available to borrow from the Old Mill Shop, also help keep the village litter free.

Other activities CS2000 try to encourage are the 'bread bag challenge' where people fill a single use bag such as a bread bag with rubbish, or even 'fill what you find' - with people known to have collected litter in a colander, hard hat and wellie boot that they found abandoned on the beach.

Events co-ordinator Caroline Beadle said: "We don’t mind what you call it but we do appreciate every bit of plastic rubbish that is removed off the beach."

When there is a particularly large amount of rubbish CS2000 have organised special cleans and linked with other groups such as Helston and St Keverne Young Farmers Club, who have helped clear beaches that are difficult to reach.