I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped to tidying up our riverbank. The turnout was much better than I had expected with a staggering 23 volunteers. It was a great success as we managed to collect over 5 tonne bags of rubbish from the riverbank, 2 of which were recyclables.
I would also like to thank the Surlingham Ferry for there hospitality afterwards, Longwater Gravel for donating the tonne sacs as well as South Norfolk Council, the Broads Authority and the RSPB for donating litter pickers and for be so helpful in the process of me organising the event.
Although it was a success there was one alarming factor that I feel all volunteers became aware of and this was the shocking amount of syringes and needles present along the riverbank. Some of our volunteers collected a number of them but many do still remain scattered around. Please be aware of this in the future when walking along the river, although the risk of harm is low it is still there and needs to be considered.
Once again a huge thank you for everyone’s support and for making the litter pick so successful, I hope to see you all again next year.
Information received from Jasmine Atkins