FISHING RUBBISH FROM THE RIVER
A WHOLE host of objects from traffic cones to a banner from a July 2014 event have been fished out of Fray’s River by volunteers.
A 12-strong crew, which included the Mayoress of Hillingdon, Cllr Judith Cooper, joined in a cleanup effort at the river and towpath off Rockingham Parade, Uxbridge, on October 14.
The effort was arranged by the environmental charity Thames21 and saw one team of volunteers don their waders and venture into the water while the other cleared debris from the towpath.
Emma Harrington, Thames21 development manager said: “The people local to this waterway really care about Fray’s River and understand that it benefits from a helping hand to make it feel a pleasant, safe and natural area.”
Among the items dredged up from the riverbed included a rake head, a knife, three cones, shopping trolleys, a pair of shoes and an enormous banner, as well as litter left by people feeding bread to the waterbirds.
The towpath, which has been inaccessible for some time, has also been cleared. Ms Harrington said that the volunteers decided they will meet again to continue the river improvements and has appealed to environmentally-minded Gazette readers to join in future clean-ups. To find out how the river local to you can be improved, email emma.harrington@ Thames21.org.uk.
n WELLIES ON: Thames 21 volunteers in the river near Rockingham Road