Loughborough campaign against pollution

Volunteer Barrie Ball: It would be a big help to have a few more people lending a hand. PHOTO: CRT

A GROUP of community-minded volunteers in Loughborough are looking for people to join their crusade against rubbish and plastics in the town’s waterways.

The group, Clear Cut Conservation (CCC), are out each week on the River Soar in their 20ft boat to scoop rubbish out of the water and get into the places that are hard to reach by land.

CCC works with the Canal & River Trust,  helping to keep Loughborough’s waterways clean and attractive for people and wildlife. The group have even adopted the river running through the town, committing to helping the Trust on a regular basis.

The team have worked on the town’s waterways for almost ten years and over time numbers have dwindled leaving two remaining members, Barrie Ball and David Ingram. Barrie and David are out most Wednesdays doing their bit but with both approaching their 80s they are keen for new members to get involved.

 

Barrie Ball said: “We really enjoy making a difference on the river but we’re not getting any younger and so it would be a big help to have a few more people lending a hand.

“I’ve been doing it for nine years and have pulled out everything from safes and toilets to shopping trolleys and bikes. Over the years we’ve been volunteering we’ve noticed a definite improvement in the cleanliness of the river, which is satisfying, but there’s still work to be done with the day-to-day litter that people drop.

“We’re really keen to get some more people involved, we’re a friendly bunch and the work is very satisfying – seeing the town from a totally different perspective while making the river better for people living nearby.”

For those who want to stay on dry land, the team are also looking for volunteers to help with grass cutting in the area around Bishop Meadow Lock.

Wayne Ball, volunteer development coordinator for the Canal & River Trust said: “Clear Cut Conservation have worked with us for a number of years and they really are unsung heroes in Loughborough, helping to keep the town’s waterways clean and welcoming for us all to enjoy.

“Their efforts are invaluable and it would be great to see a few more people getting involved and giving them some support. It’s a brilliant opportunity to make a difference in your local community, meet new people and keep fit and active.”

The volunteers currently work on Wednesdays but can be flexible to suit new members. All training will be provided and anyone interested in volunteering can contact Barrie on 07989 806710 orbaztimeout@gmail.com.

To find out more about the work of the Canal & River Trust, including how you can support through volunteering or making a donation go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk.

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