Pad­dling against plas­tic

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Lane, on the site of the for­mer Bick­er­shaw Col­liery. It forms part of a wider area re­de­vel­op­ment which will see 471 new homes built, plus a pub, shop, café and com­mu­nity cen­tre. Works will start in mid-sum­mer, with the aim of open­ing the 58-berth ma­rina in Septem­ber. AN ADVENTURER HAS set out to be­come the first per­son to pad­dle­board the length of the UK via the con­nected in­land wa­ter­ways – and she plans to draw at­ten­tion to the is­sue of plas­tic pol­lu­tion along the way.

Lizzie Carr started on Wed­nes­day 11 May from Go­dalm­ing in Sur­rey along the River Wey and is aim­ing to fin­ish just south of Ken­dal on the Lan­caster Canal in Cum­bria about three weeks later.

Her jour­ney will take her along the Ox­ford, Coven­try, Trent & Mersey, Bridge­wa­ter and Leeds & Liver­pool canals; the Thames, Dou­glas and Rib­ble rivers; and the Rib­ble Link Nav­i­ga­tion.

“I want to try and cap­ture the re­al­ity of the threat we’re fac­ing from plas­tic pol­lu­tion along the wa­ter­ways,” said Lizzie, an ex­pe­ri­enced pad­dle­boarder who is one of 15 Ord­nance Sur­vey #GetOut­side Champions. “Just in the few months of train­ing for this chal­lenge... the amount of plas­tic I’ve seen in the form of bags, bot­tles, pack­ets and even kids’ toys is both shock­ing and sad­den­ing.”

Lizzie will plot the plas­tic pol­lu­tion she sees on a map to show the hotspots and scale of the prob­lem See lizzie­out­side.co.uk. canal­rivertrust.org.uk/great-na­ture-watch. pho­to­soft­heyear@canal­boat.co.uk.

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