‘The amount of rubbish found was unbelievable’

Grantham Rivercare volunteers clean up the River Witham. 067C
Grantham Rivercare volunteers clean up the River Witham. 067C
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A ROAD sign, several traffic cones, two shopping trolleys, a computer keyboard, a printer, a 4x4 tyre, a clothes drier and 23 bags full of rubbish.

All of these items were removed by volunteers from a stretch of the River Witham between Bridge End Road and Wyndham Park in just two hours at the weekend.

A total of 23 bags of rubbish was found in just two hours. 067C

A total of 23 bags of rubbish was found in just two hours. 067C

The 16 Grantham Rivercare volunteers were amazed by the sheer amount of rubbish callously dumped in the short stretch of river.

Grantham Rivercare leader John Knowles said: “The amount of rubbish which had accumulated since we were last out a couple of months ago was unbelievable.

“We’ve been cleaning the river for seven years now so you would think it would be getting better but it seemed to have gone backwards this time.

“It makes you wonder what it would be like if we didn’t go out!”

The 23 bags of rubbish were filled mostly with empty beer bottles and cans.

However, there were also positives, not least seeing kingfishers and spawning trout.

The volunteers plan to return in February.