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Grantham RiverCare volunteers remove 89 cans from river on 15th anniversary




RiverCare volunteers marked their 15th anniversary last month by giving the River Witham a thorough clean up on Saturday.

Despite the recent wet weather, 19 hardy souls met up for the 92nd RiverCare clean.

They started by removing two damaged trees from the river before moving on to the general rubbish that included five shopping trolleys, a car park barrier, three bags of recycling, 34 plastic bottles and 89 cans – one of which has been in the river for 19 years.

RiverCare marking their 15th anniversary. (22859254)
RiverCare marking their 15th anniversary. (22859254)

Grantham RiverCare was first formed in October 2004. Over the following years, a hardy band of volunteers have carried out 91 clean-ups and extracted an estimated 20 tonnes of litter from the River Witham in 15 years.

The next clean up will take place on Saturday, January 18. Volunteers meet at 9.30am at Wyndham Park boating lake or at 10am at Bridge End Road.

RiverCare marking their 15th anniversary. (22859256)
RiverCare marking their 15th anniversary. (22859256)

Ian Simmons, who co-leads Grantham RiverCare alongside David Martin, said: “Make it a New Year’s resolution to join us in 2020.”

RiverCare marking their 15th anniversary. (22859260)
RiverCare marking their 15th anniversary. (22859260)
Rivercare clean up. (22480920)
Rivercare clean up. (22480920)

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