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Volunteers remove pumpkins, bikes and shopping trolleys from River Witham

Rivercare volunteers turned out to give the River Witham a thorough clean-up at the weekend.

The 16 volunteers collected 19 bags of litter with a combined weight of over 250kg - a quarter of a tonne!

A range of items were plucked from the water, including a 12kg pumpkin, a guitar, mountain bike, patio table and chair, computer monitor, a large ceramic flower pot, sleeping bag and six shopping trolleys.

Gary Harden and Liam Swallow. (5663633)
Gary Harden and Liam Swallow. (5663633)

It was Grantham Rivercare’s 85th clean-up - the group is now in its 14th year.

Volunteers’ efforts were rewarded with the sight of a kingfisher, heron and a native crayfish. They were supported by a volunteer from the Environment Agency and a PCSO.

Gary Harden. (5663631)
Gary Harden. (5663631)

Volunteers finished with coffee and cake in the new visitor centre by the boating lake.

Rivercare is a project supported by Keep Britain Tidy and Anglian Water.

The next clean-up is on Saturday, February 16. Meet at Wyndham Park at 9.30am or at Bridge End Road at 10am.

Rivercare volunteers. (5663635)
Rivercare volunteers. (5663635)


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