Volunteers clean up River Ribble

from left, Liz Brotherstone, Chris Birkett and Clare Matthews from Preston Society of Bird Watching and Natural History group at the Ribble River bank clean up in Penwortham

from left, Liz Brotherstone, Chris Birkett and Clare Matthews from Preston Society of Bird Watching and Natural History group at the Ribble River bank clean up in Penwortham

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A cricket bat, bicycle parts and cushions were among rubbish collected during a river clean-up by hardy volunteers.

Led by the Preston Society and assisted by the Ribble Rivers Trust, 40 people, including members of the 1st Middleforth Scout Group, spent two hours litter picking on the banks of the Ribble, near Howick in Penwortham, on Saturday.

The Ribble River bank clean up in Penwortham
The Ribble River bank clean up in Penwortham

In total, 90 bin bags were filled.

A similar clean-up was undertaken by the same group in spring last year, but recent high river levels had brought down more rubbish and it was decided that further action was necessary.

Jack Spees, director of Ribble Rivers Trust, said: “The group of volunteers here at Penwortham are inspirational.

“It’s one of the Ribble Trust’s main objectives to encourage people from all over the catchment to form groups and look after their rivers just like these guys do.

The Ribble River bank clean up in Penwortham
The Ribble River bank clean up in Penwortham

“It’s a tough challenge, but if enough people cared enough to take action, the Ribble Catchment would be a much better environment for people and wildlife.”

Discussions are already underway for another clean-up later in the year, as further rubbish is expected to accumulate.

If you or anyone else would like to 
volunteer for the next clean-up, or for more information on other river conservation activities, email admin@ribbletrust.com.

 

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