Joint effort for Rivercare!
The first Rivercare event of 2014 was held on Saturday morning
and collected 22 bags of litter as well as scaffolding poles, a
highway barrier and a joint of pork!
46 volunteers helped to clear and litter pick the area around
the Suspension Bridge, including volunteers from Environment
Agency, Bedford Sub Aqua Divers, Viking Kayak Club and the Bedford
Junior Street Champions.
Also included in the haul were traffic cones, pushchairs, fire
extinguishers, road signs, umbrellas, a metal lining for a bin, a
bike wheel, spade, camera, car radio, metal tubing, blue barrel and
The event was also supported by the John Bunyan Community boat
which kindly supplied refreshments and took the volunteers for a
ride along the river after the litter pick.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Rivercare events
often pick strange and unusual items out of the river, but this
must be the first time a joint of pork has been fished out!
“I’d like to thank the volunteers for all their hard work and
support to improve the river and Embankment ahead of a busy spring
To volunteer at a litter pick, to become a Junior Street
Champion or to help look after Bedford’s parks and open spaces
please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/volunteering
for more information.