Paddling against plastic
LEEDS & LIVERPOOL
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.