Wanted: River res­cuers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Business Daily -

THE hunt is on for vol­un­teers to stand up for – and in – the city’s water­ways

Anglian Water is on the hunt for vol­un­teers to help ex­pand its suc­cess­ful River­care scheme in Peter­bor­ough.

Work­ing with Keep Bri­tain Tidy, the com­pany has, so far, funded more than 40 River­care groups across its re­gion, help­ing peo­ple care for their lo­cal stretch of river.

The scheme has been so suc­cess­ful that or­gan­is­ers now want to ex­pand it, with four new groups planned in Peter­bor­ough.

They are join­ing forces with green char­ity Peter­bor­ough Environment City Trust (PECT), whose com­mu­ni­ties team leader, Max­ine Palmer, has been ap­pointed to be­gin the task of re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers to form the core of the new groups.

Max­ine said: “At the mo­ment, we are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing which parts of the city we are go­ing to fo­cus on. Where we end up de­pends in large part on the en­thu­si­asm of our vol­un­teers.

“We’re hop­ing that busi­nesses will sup­port the project and en­cour­age their staff to be­come vol­un­teers. Athene Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in Peter­bor­ough al­lows staff to spend a day each year vol­un­teer­ing for good causes, and in 2012 they will be sup­port­ing River­care in Peter­bor­ough.”

Anglian Water’s River­care co-or­di­na­tor, Kylie Jones, said: “River­care is a fan­tas­tic way to do some­thing prac­ti­cal to im­prove your lo­cal environment.

“You can get your wellies on and clear the water­ways and river banks. You can also help make your com­mu­nity more water-friendly by con­serv­ing water and re­duc­ing the sewer block­ages that can cause flood­ing and pol­lu­tion.”

If you’re in­ter­ested in help­ing to care for the city’s rivers, call Max­ine Palmer on 01733 568408 or e-mail max­ine.palmer@pect.org. uk

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