1000 Tyres Project
The SHIPS Project
The SHIPS Project

Get Involved

The 1000 Tyres Project is a community enterprise that involves lots of enthusiastic volunteers working alongside the Project team, so please find out below how you can get involved. We run maritime history projects and marine environmental cleanup projects so there is always a lot going on.

Getting involved with Fieldwork

  • Can you help with recovering tyres and other junk from the foreshore?

We run our own clean-up days on the foreshore around Plymouth with our own volunteers to recover tyres, plastic and other rubbish and we also work with other groups in the area cleaning up the environment.

  • Check out our Events calendar to find out about foreshore clean-up days around Plymouth.
  • To work with us on the foreshore you need to be reasonably fit and active.
  • Fieldwork is open to anyone aged 14 and older, but under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


  • Please wear suitable footwear such as wellies, workboots or wetsuit boots with hard soles.
  • Please wear suitable clothes as you will get very muddy, our team usually wear overalls or tough waterproofs.
  • Check the weather forecast and bring suitable protective clothing for rain, sun or wind.
  • Bring a hat to protect you from rain, sun and flying mud, and bring sunscreen if it is going to be sunny.
  • We provide safety training for the volunteers that work with us and we provide protective gloves, tools and water to wash off with.

Please sign up through the Events calendar or get in touch using the message form below or through our social media channels.

  • Would you like to help us clean up the seabed in Plymouth Sound?

We use unpaid volunteer divers to recover tyres and other junk from Plymouth Sound and its rivers. Diving operations are usually undertaken in shallow water (<20m depth) but in low visibility, particularly when disturbing the seabed to recover tyres and other junk. Divers will descend down a shot line to the seabed, search an area using a circular search method, then recover any tyres in that area using lifting bags. The crew on the surface then recover the floating tyres into the workboat.

Check out our Events calendar to find out about underwater clean-up days around Plymouth.

To volunteer:

  • Divers must be qualifed to a minimum of HSE Professional Scuba, BSAC Sports diver, PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent what3words.
  • Divers must provide their own diving equipment.
  • Divers must be comfortable being underwater.
  • Experience in low visibility diving, underwater search and the use of lifting bags is welcome.

Please note that we do not offer paid diving employment.

Please get in touch using the message form below or through our social media channels.

Getting involved with Fundraising

  • Can you help with fundraising?

Can you help raising funds to help clean up the seabed and rivers around Plymouth?

Please get in touch using the message form below or through our social media channels.

  • Would you contribute to the 1000 TyresProject?

The SHIPS Project is a Community Interest Company that relies on donations and in-kind support to carry on the work we do cleaning up Plymouth Sound and its estuaries.

To get involved with the 1000 Tyres Project please send us a message below:

Why we need your support:

  • To produce a feasibility study that looks at more ways to recycle tyres, plastics and GRP.
  • To create training material for the divers recovering tyres and other junk.
  • To educate and inform everyone about the problem of discarded tyres and dumped rubbish and how each person can make an impact.
  • To develop an interactive website showing the progress of the project.
  • To develop an app that shows the location of each tyre or object and lets our volunteers report back when they have been identified or recovered.
  • To continue mapping the seabed in Plymouth Sound to record the location of tyres and dumped junk. With a complete map we will identify more tyres and dumped rubbish producing microplastics and leaching pollutants into our marine environment
  • Help us remove a source of pollution from our seas.
  • Contribute to scientific research to promote the health of our seas and oceans.
  • Help educate the people of people about Plymouth’s marine pollution and to make more local citizen scientists.

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