Cambridgeshire ACRE’s Water Care project organised a team of volunteer litter pickers to take to the streets and greens of March last Friday to give the town a tidy up.
The volunteers, including members of Get It Sorted and March Street Pride, started alongside the River Nene in town. They then progressed across the road to the March library area, removing litter left around the plants and grass. In just a few hours, they collected 11 bags, amounting to just under 15kg of litter.
The litter pick was run by Cambridgeshire ACRE’s Community Development Manager, Rachael Brown, who doubles-up as the group leader of the local RiverCare group. RiverCare support community-led volunteer groups to make positive changes to their local river environments.
The volunteers were excited to head out but were left with mixed emotions when they realised how much litter they had collected in a short space of time. “It makes me feel better that we’ve tried to clean up our streets; not just for ourselves, but for the members of the community” explained one member of the team. “However, this is only a portion of the litter still sitting around town – it’s not good”.
Fenland District Council assisted with the litter pick by providing the refuse bags and taking the recycled and non-recycled litter away. They also took the various pieces of scrap metal found under one bridge beside the River Nene.
Local pub, the Ship Inn, kindly supplied free hot drinks to all the volunteers.
To find out more about how you can volunteer, contact Rachael on the March RiverCare Facebook page, or email at email@example.com