Despite being a damp and cold Saturday, 16 Rivercare volunteers turned out to set about clearing away rubbish in and around the River Witham between Bridge End Road and Wyndham Park.
And what at first appeared to be an easy few hours’ work soon turned into a chore.
Rivercare leader John Knowles said: “The last clean up was only three months ago but, sadly since then we discovered that in fact a vast amount of rubbish had been deposited. For a start there were six shopping trolleys, which is a sad reflection on both those people who drop them into the river and the supermarkets who fail to retrieve them.”
Volunteers ended up with 15 sacks of rubbish, a bird table, parasol, bicycle, football, deckchair and road signs.
John added: “Many passers by expressed their appreciation to the group for the good work they were doing. In fact one kind lady who lives alongside the river came and gave us box of chocolates as a thank you. Needless to say that the female members soon saw these off when we got back to Jenny’s (The Old Pavilion Tea Rooms) for coffee. As usual there were some pleasant sightings, including banks covered in bluebells and a nesting moorhen with six eggs.”
Grantham Rivercare, one of 40 Rivercare groups in the East Midlands and East Anglia which are administered by Keep Britain Tidy and sponsored by Anglian Water, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
The next clean up will be on Saturday, July 26. New volunteers are always welcome.