FISH­ING RUB­BISH FROM THE RIVER

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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