Cleaning the River Dearne

Yesterday, we teamed up with the Friends of the Dearne and Paul Gaskell from the Wild Trout Trust to do a litter pick and vegetation removal from a small part of the River Dearne at Clayton West. With permission from the local Tesco Express, who owned the bit of land, we were on our way!

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With the help of numerous volunteers armed with litter pickers, we managed to pull multiple bags worth of rubbish out of the river making it look significantly better than it did before.

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After the litter pick, the volunteers helped us remove a large quantity of Himalayan Balsam that had infested the river and had overtaken the lovely riverbanks. After an hour or so, the Himalayan Balsam had been defeated.

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And this was the result!

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This work has ensured that the river is now more visible from the road and that  the habitat has been improved too.

Josh Laidlow, Apprentice

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