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Grantham Rivercare volunteers dedicate time to clearing bank along River Witham

By Tim Coulson

Volunteers from Grantham Rivercare
Volunteers from Grantham Rivercare

A record number of volunteers took part in the latest clean up at the River Witham on Saturday, despite the pouring rain.

The dedicated team of volunteers from Grantham Rivercare worked for two hours in the downpour, clearing vast amounts of rubbish from the river and its banks.

John Knowles, Grantham Rivercare leader said: “Everyone worked extremely hard to clear the bank. There were even a few new recruits there on the day to lend a helping hand, including some children who joined in and soon picked up the skill of litter picking.”

A total of 24 sacks full of litter were collected on the day, including items such as bottles, cans and food wrappers. In addition to the haul, four shopping trolleys, three traffic cones, a clothes drier and a scooter were found.

John said: “It has only been two months since the last clean up here at the bank. It is very disheartening that so much rubbish has been dumped in our lovely river in such as short amount of time.

“It begs the question as to what state the river would be in if the volunteers at Rivercare didn’t get involved.”

John would like to thank the dedicated team of volunteers who gave up their time on Saturday and Dave from South Kesteven District Council who helped to take the rubbish away which had been collected on the day.

Wyndham Park Bowling Club also helped to provide the group with the use of their pavilion on the day and Sainsbury’s in Grantham provided refreshments.

Grantham Rivercare won the Community Section of the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2014. Support is provided by Keep Britain Tidy and sponsorship by Anglian Water.

The next clean up will take place on December 19.


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