Record number of volunteers help to clean up River Witham in Grantham

Volunteers clean up the River Witham on Saturday.
Volunteers clean up the River Witham on Saturday.
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An army of Grantham Rivercare volunteers set about cleaning up the River Witham at the weekend.

A record number of 25 turned up at Bridge End Road to clear up all the rubbish on the adopted stretch of river down to Wyndham Park.

After two hours the haul of rubbish included 20 sacks full of bottles, cans, food wrappers and other small items. Among the larger items were a car engine, a wardrobe, four shopping trolleys, a wheelie bin and two footballs.

The opportunity was also taken to clean off some of the graffiti on the litter bins and give them a coat of paint.

Grantham Rivercare leader John Knowles said: “Considering the last clean-up was no more than two months before, there was an amazing amount to clear. This raises the question of what state would the river be in if it wasn’t for the wonderful work of the Rivercare team. It must have taken an enormous amount of effort to have dumped some of the heavy items in the river.”

Mr Knowles added: “Thanks are due to South Kesteven District Council for providing the cleaning materials and paint, and to Coun Nick Craft for providing the elbow grease. After the clean-up most people adjourned to the bowls club for some well earned refreshments courtesy of Sainsbury’s.”

There are now about 40 Rivercare groups working in various parts of the East Midlands and East Anglia. Rivercare is administered by Keep Britain Tidy and sponsored by Anglian Water.

The group’s next clean-up is on Saturday, April 30.