Make your New Year’s resolution to keep your river tidy

Volunteers with Sleaford Rivercare clean up team rescue an unwanted satellite dish from the waters of the River Slea. EMN-160401-190418001
Volunteers with Sleaford Rivercare clean up team rescue an unwanted satellite dish from the waters of the River Slea. EMN-160401-190418001

The Slea RiverCare group are urging the local community in Sleaford to get involved in their regular clean-ups this year as part of their New Year’s resolutions.

The group is holding its first clean-up of the New Year on Sunday, January 17 and are looking for members of the community to pull on their jumpers and head down to the banks of the River Slea.

RiverCare - a collaboration between Anglian Water and Keep Britain Tidy, encourages people to look after their local shoreline. Volunteers are given all the tools, training and support to carry out regular river clean-ups to help their local environment flourish.

Anglian Water’s Sarah Dobson said: “We’re lucky in this part of the country to have over 3,000 miles of fantastic rivers and waterways to enjoy. These habitats support thousands of diverse species and play a vital role in our water supply too. Every drop of water we use is borrowed from the environment, before it’s recycled and returned back to the environment. It is great to see the Slea RiverCare group organising clean-ups regularly and improving the environment for wildlife and the community.”

As people look for new year’s resolutions for 2016, Keep Britain Tidy’s Fiona McKenna, encouraged them to get involved, she said: “First of all it’s good exercise and cheaper than the gym. It is a great opportunity to get plenty of fresh air and at the same time you are caring for your environment and meeting new people along the way.”

If people are interested in taking part in the next clean-up on Sunday, January 17, at the National Centre for Craft and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford NG34 7TW, contact Andrew Greenwood at andrew.greenwood7@btinternet.com