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Volunteers collect 200kg of rubbish from River Witham

A bumper turnout of 45 volunteers made Grantham RiverCare’s contribution to the Great British Spring Clean a special one on Saturday.

Volunteers from the Environment Agency and the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust joined RiverCare regulars and a few new faces to collect nearly 200kg of assorted rubbish from the river and its banks.

This was the group’s 87th clean-up during which it covered the adopted stretch of the River Witham that runs through the town and volunteers continued on through Queen Elizabeth Park to Harrowby Mill.

A total of 45 volunteers helped with the latest Rivercare clean-up of the Witham in Grantham. (8603040)
A total of 45 volunteers helped with the latest Rivercare clean-up of the Witham in Grantham. (8603040)

Ian Simmons, of Grantham RiverCare, said: “We had our intrepid canoeists on hand to reach those difficult items that those wanting to stay dry couldn’t reach!

“Highlights - or perhaps lowlights - of the morning were three supermarket trolleys, an ice cream POS sign, a duvet, a seat cushion, a passport and a broken aquarium. We trialled a system of separating recyclable litter while collecting which meant around a third of the general litter collected will go to recycling.

“Of course, the sun broke through just after we’d finished. Luckily we had the hail storm halfway through! Our volunteers are a hardy lot...

“We would like to thank all those who helped with a special mention to Paula and Gail (cakes!), Keep Britain Tidy’s representative Catherine, Kevin B (Harrowby Weir), students from Harlaxton College, Gary and Conrad in the Canadian canoe and two of our local PCSOs.”

Dr Lauren Vickers, non-executive Chair of Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, said: “It’s great that there is so much support in Lincolnshire for the Great British Spring Clean. RiverCare do a fantastic job all year round and it’s been a fantastic opportunity for the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust to support them.

“Litter is a major cause of pollution, especially plastic, which has been a hot topic recently. The good thing is, we can do something about it. Litter picking highlights the issue of this type of pollution and will hopefully encourage us all to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle. If you want to get involved with Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, please visit
our website lincsrivers.org.

Grantham Rivercare’s next clean-up is on Saturday, June 22. Meet at the boating lake, in Wyndham Park, at 9.30am or meet at 10am on the riverside path at Bridge End Road. RiverCare Grantham and the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust can be found on Facebook.

The Great British Spring Clean is running from March 22 to April 23. The aim of the clean is to encourage up to 500,000 volunteers to join forces across the country and to collect and safely dispose of litter from streets, parks and beaches, and recycle as much as possible.

Last week the Daily Mail, which is sponsoring the clean-up, said 4,102 tons of litter had been picked up so far as part of the nationwide campaign.

More details are available at www.keepbritaintidy.org

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