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
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.