Car seat among items pulled from River Witham in Grantham
The back seat of a car was just one of the items pulled from the River Witham in Grantham last week.
Volunteers from Grantham Rivercare and the Environment Agency (EA) made the discovery near College Street, Grantham, during their latest clean-up operation last Tuesday as part of the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ project.
It took a motorised winch to drag the seat out of the river and a trailer to take it away.
Ian Simmons co-leads Grantham Rivercare alongside David Martin.
He said: “This is an extreme example of the damage that some people continue to inflict on this attractive green corridor that runs through our town.”
RiverCare and the EA work closely together to maintain the quality of the River Witham. They have pulled out a staggering 20 tonnes of rubbish over the past 14 years.
The majority of items recovered from the river include furniture, car parts and bicycles, as well as the thousands of bottles and cans from Bridge End Road in Grantham to Belton Lane.
Ian added: “We do like to be self-sufficient and not drag others in unless absolutely necessary.”
Despite their best efforts, Ian believes that there is still a long way to go get people to change their attitude about the environment around them.
A recent incident highlighted this.
Ian said: “There was a kitchen chair dumped in the river near the weir at the end of the Riverside Walk stretch. I was walking with a friend last month and saw four teenagers pulling it out of the river. I thought I was witnessing something good happening when two minutes later they chucked it back in again.
“I asked why they had done it but they just walked off. That’s what we are dealing with, I’m afraid.”