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Working together to improve our river

A volunteer led project to refresh the area along the riverside foot and cycle paths in Bedford Borough will be officially launched at the first Rivercare event of 2013.

 

Rivercare events bring volunteers together to clean and improve the River Great Ouse. Last year’s clean up events collected over 100 bags of litter as well as other bulky items such as a scooter, empty cash box and a number of shopping trolleys.

 

The event on Saturday 27th April will also see the official launch of The Riverside Path Enhancement Plan. The scheme focuses on the stretch of path running along the riverside between the town centre, Queens Park and Kempston.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Rivercare is a great opportunity for communities to get together and help to look after and improve the River Great Ouse.

 

The vast majority of local residents are rightly proud of the river and that is demonstrated by the number of people who regularly come out and support these events.

 

“In keeping with the aim of Rivercare, this year we are also launching a volunteer led project to refresh The Riverside Path. The route is a vital transport link for walkers and cyclists and the scheme will aim to improve the surrounding area for the benefit of all users.”

 

Rivercare volunteers, local residents and those who regularly use The Riverside Path will be asked for their thoughts on how the area could be improved.

 

This Rivercare event will be supported by two diving groups and the Viking Kayak Club as well as students from the University of Bedfordshire.

 

The event runs 10am-12 noon. Equipment and refreshments will be available for volunteers.

 

As the event falls in April’s Big Spring Clean month sponsored by BedfordBID, all volunteers will get a free crème egg too as a thank you for volunteering.

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