Bumper Turn Out for First Rivercare Event of 2010
A team of willing volunteers helped to clean a stretch of the
River Great Ouse on Saturday 24th April.
47 helpers, including members of Bedford Sub
Aqua Diving Club and Viking Kayak Club as well as Wells Eagle IPA
volunteers and other members of the public helped to clean the
stretch between Kempston Mill and Queens Bridge.
66 bags of litter were collected from the
river and river banks. Included amongst the items which were fished
out of the water were:
- 3 shopping trolleys
- 2 car batteries
- Motorbike frame
- 3 tyres
- 9 bicycles and 2 kids scooters
- Traffic cone
- Various pieces of metal and wire fencing
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, also
pitched in to help and commented:
“The Pride in Bedford team work incredibly
hard to look after Bedford and this Rivercare event is just part of
their efforts to keep the borough a clean a beautiful place to
“I am also delighted by the tremendous turn
out for this, the first Rivercare event of the year. We have made
this stretch of the river a lot cleaner and safer. By highlighting
the rubbish that is dumped in the river we hope to make people
think twice before doing it again”.
If you want to get involved with Rivercare
events, or other community litter picks , call the Council’s Pride
in Bedford Team on 01234 718276.