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VOLUNTEER FOR FINAL CLEAN-UP OF THE YEAR TO CELEBRATE WORLD RIVERS DAY

There is one last opportunity this year to help take care of the river in Bedford on Saturday, 27 September.

 

The final Rivercare event of 2014 is from 10am – midday and will see volunteers from various local groups including Bedford Sub-Aqua Club and the Viking Kayak Club, together with the Environment Agency, back in the water. They will be collecting litter from the riverbed with volunteers wanted to support in clearing rubbish from the riverbank.

 

Previous events have seen many unusual items collected including shopping trolleys, bicycles, a motor scooter, tyres, signs, pieces of fencing and even a joint of pork!

 

Staff from McDonald’s will also be joining the event by helping to pick litter and providing volunteers with vouchers for free food. There will be an ‘all about our river’ quiz for under-16s and face painting on the day.

 

The event will also mark World Rivers Day, an international celebration of the world’s waterways, which is taking place on the last Sunday in September. This day aims to highlight the value of rivers and to increase public awareness of the need to take better care of our waterways.

 

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “World Rivers Day is a great event that really celebrates our waterways and highlights to the community the environmental issues and pressures that our beautiful rivers face. So why not show the Great Ouse some love and support World Rivers Day by coming along to volunteer at this local event and helping to tidy up the riverbank?”

 

For more information about the Rivercare event and if you are interested in attending, please contact the Community Volunteering Team on (01234) 718276 or email volunteering@bedford.gov.uk

 

For further details about World Rivers Day, visit http://www.worldriversday.com/

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