On Monday 22nd August, Don Catchment Rivers Trust led a community clean-up day by the River Don in Dalton, Rotherham. Despite a rainy start to the day lots of volunteers arrived raring to go and clean up their riverside.
This was the first clean-up day the Trust had set up in the Rotherham district and we were overwhelmed by the amount of help and support we received both setting up the event and on the day. Sam Jarvis, the Asda Community Champion helped with some funding for extra equipment, organised staff from Asda to volunteer on the day and kept a ready supply of drinks and biscuits for the volunteers. From Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council we received support from the ‘Love my Streets Co-ordinator’ Wayne Munro-Smith. The Council also strimmed the paths for us, helped with publicising the day and provided a Street Pride crew to remove all the bin bags. Canal & River Trust sent a member of staff to help for the day (thank you Brian!) and we also received support from local community volunteers, Dalton Parish Council, Silverwood Miners Welfare Resource Centre and Harsco Metals who sent out a team of volunteers.
During the afternoon, the Deputy Mayoress of Rotherham and Consort, and Councillor Jayne Senior came to speak with Trustees, staff and volunteers and learn more about the Living Heritage of the River Don Project.
By the end of day volunteers had pulled out 42 bags of litter including drink cans, plastic bottles, broken glass, piles of clothes, a wheelie bin and even a fridge! We ended up with over ¾ of a tonnes worth of litter being cleared from the paths.
As part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project this area of river side path will form part of our Don Valley Way trail. The clean-up day has made a really positive start in cleaning up the paths, and we would like to build on this community effort by organising a regular volunteer day so that we can keep the paths clear and promote the area as a wildlife habitat.
Thank you everybody!