Join in national river clean up

The River Slea Clean Up Team - winners in Lincolnshire Environmental Awards. EMN-150922-135722001
The River Slea Clean Up Team - winners in Lincolnshire Environmental Awards. EMN-150922-135722001

Volunteers will be pulling on their jumpers, grabbing their wellies and heading down to the banks of the River Slea this Sunday (September, 27).

RiverCare - a collaboration between Anglian Water and Keep Britain Tidy - has arranged river clean-ups throughout the Eastern region to celebrate World Rivers Day and help local communities see the beautiful surroundings on our doorsteps.

RiverCare project manager Andrew Walters said: “We have a network of over 800 volunteers working on 40 local projects and World Rivers Day is a great opportunity for the people of Sleaford to get involved in RiverCare. We hope the event organised will encourage even more local people to get involved and love their river. We would like to thank all the community groups, councils and all our partners who are supporting events across the region.”

Anglian Water’s Biodiversity Surveyor, Kylie Jones 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.

“Sadly, we see litter on our riverbanks, in our rivers and finding its way to the coast. Litter, if left uncleared can endanger wildlife, block rivers and streams and create unappealing areas for local people. Having groups of dedicated RiverCare volunteers regularly pitching in to help protect these areas is great to see.”

The United Nations World Rivers Day was established in 2005 and is held annually on the last Sunday in September. It supports the Water for Life Decade and raises awareness of the importance of rivers to all life on earth and the need for everyone to play their part in caring the world’s water resources.

River Slea Clean-up will be meeting behind the National Centre for Craft and Design next to Eastgate car park at 10am. Local people can go along, take part and learn about their local waterway. Anyone wanting to get involved is encouraged to register their interest with Robert Martyr at .