Tonnes of sand pumped to widen beach at Southbourne

Report by ITV News Meridian's Richard Slee

Work has begun on a £7 million project to replenish the beach at Bournemouth. 

Thousands of tonnes of sand is being pumped ashore to widen the beach at Southbourne.

The work is part of a 17 year project to protect the area from coastal erosion. 

Credit: Burl Solomons

Pumping sand onto the beach to make it wider at Bournemouth has been going on since the 1970s. It happens about every 10 years.

Before this was done, most of the beach between Southbourne and Poole was much lower and narrower.

The wider and higher beach protects the ecologically vulnerable cliffs and provides a better facility for visitors.