Now the snow’s melted and Emma’s stormed off elsewhere, it’s time to embrace Spring with a clean-up at a beach near you. The Marine Conservation Society has a fantastic database of events all over the country on pretty much any day you fancy. So sign up, wrap up and pick up pronto. A feeling of smug satisfaction will see you through.
If you’re keen for a day off work, why not get your office involved? Replace a team-bonding conference in an airless Travelodge with a day’s volunteering at the beach. Your employers will think you’re an awesome human being, and your colleagues will love you for the free seaside ice-cream. If you’re the boss, mine’s a mint choc chip.