Canal: ‘We can help volunteers begin the clean-up’

Rivercare volunteers clean the River Witham. 859B
Rivercare volunteers clean the River Witham. 859B
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There has been talk online of people living in the Earlesfield forming a group of volunteers to help clean their stretch of canal.

There has been talk online of people living in the Earlesfield forming a group of volunteers to help clean their stretch of canal.

And they would have the support of John Knowles, founder of Grantham Rivercare, a group of volunteers who regularly clean the River Witham in and around Wyndham Park, giving up a couple of hours a time.

John said: “Our group is made of people who live along the river so it would be a great idea for people in the Earlesfield to group together. It just needs someone as a leader.

“If there was, I would be only too keen to help. Once you get going, you keep going.”

John has his group sponsored by Anglian Water and also receives help from South Kesteven District Council.

He said: “It only needs half a dozen people to start with to get it going and when people see it happening they think ‘this is good, I’ll join in’.

“I would have thought it would make all the difference.

“People have much more respect for the area if they see it being cleaned, but if they see a load of rubbish in it they just add to it.”

If you are interested in forming such a group, contact the Journal 01476 541431 and we will put you in touch with Grantham Rivercare.