Award-winning Grantham Rivercare team tackles graffiti and collects 25 sacks of rubbish

The Grantham Rivercare team EMN-151229-114621001

The Grantham Rivercare team EMN-151229-114621001

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Fresh from winning the Journal’s Grantham is Great Community Project of the Year 2015 award the Rivercare team were back in action cleaning up the River Witham this Christmas.

On a sunny but blustery Winter’s morning, more than 25 volunteers gave up two hours of their time to clean the stretch of the river between Bridge End Road and Wyndham Park in Grantham.

Considering the previous clean-up had only been eight weeks before, there proved to be a large accumulation of rubbish along the river, with the collection of more than 25 sacks of rubbish.

Items of rubbish that were found included small items such as bottles and cans, two shopping trolleys, two traffic cones, a witch’s hat, a shoe rack, a glass vase and a white plastic pipe.

Whilst the rubbish was being collected, some of the volunteers also set about cleaning off the graffiti which had appeared on the walls over the summer.

Grantham Rivercare leader John Knowles said: “Let us hope that eventually one day someone is caught spoiling the riverside walk, either by dropping litter or plastering graffiti on the walls.”

John and the volunteers were also joined by Fiona McKenna, who has recently been appointed Rivercare project officer for Lincolnshire.

Fiona has plenty of ideas for the Grantham Rivercare team to get involved in in the New Year, including environmental improvements,Balsam bashing and exchange visits with other groups.

There are now over 40 Rivercare Groups in East Anglia and the East Midlands. Administration and support is provided by Keep Britain Tidy and sponsorship by Anglian Water.

The next Rivercare clean-up is due to take place on February 27.