Grantham RiverCare celebrated their recent success in BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s ‘Make a Difference’ awards, winning the ‘green’ category, by returning after a gap of 196 days away for two clean ups in April.
These were their 101st and 102nd since forming some sixteen years ago.
The group has been working quietly either solo or pairs of volunteers keeping the momentum with quick picks in the parks and streets around the River Witham.
April saw a return in three groups of six or less, respecting the social distancing rules, which allowed us to go further afield. It would appear Grantham residents were pleased to see us with many positive comments sent our way.Being out and about again, so close to the river, gave us the opportunity to see the occasional flashes of iridescent blue of our local kingfishers and the first ducklings of the year.
Over the two dates, we collected 17 bags of waste, six of them recyclables (106 cans, 51 plastic bottles, 28 glass bottles and 23 masks).Additionally, the rogues gallery included a fire extinguisher, traffic cones, bicycle frame, metal rail fencing unit, some carpet, an office chair, a body board and the ubiquitous shopping trolley!
As the weather improves, please take your picnic and other litter home with you. Our volunteer picks will continue in May and onwards culminating in the Great British Spring Clean (28 May- 13 June) pledging their time either as an individual or with the group clean-ups.
As the road map out of lockdown slowly eases, we do hope to be in a position soon to be more open and allow others to join us.