Canoeists, experienced paddleboarders and people on land will be coming together at Wellingborough Embankment on Saturday 22 September to clean up rubbish and trim plants and trees. The Heritage Lottery funded Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme has worked with canoe hire company Canoe2, paddleboard business River Spirit SUP, the Friends of the River Nene, the Nene Valley Catchment Partnership and the Borough Council of Wellingborough to co-ordinate a community litter pick in Wellingborough.
Meeting at the Upper Wellingborough Lock at 9am (or 8am for any canoeists), people on land and water will work their way towards the Lower Lock, picking up rubbish and clearing overgrown vegetation. Lunch will be provided thanks to the kindness of Friends of the River Nene, Nenescape and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and bin bags and some litter grabbers will be provided by Wellingborough Norse in partnership with Borough Council of Wellingborough.
Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “We are delighted to be working with our partners Wellingborough Norse to provide litter pickers and bin bags for the community litter pick along the Embankment. We delivered a successful litter pick this summer, which collected an entire truck load of rubbish from Swanspool Gardens and the Embankment. We hope that this will inspire people across the borough to be more responsible when disposing of rubbish, and not litter our wonderful town.”
The idea for a litter pick along this stretch of the River Nene was borne out of conversations amongst a working group who came together to create a vision for the waterside at Wellingborough. Facilitated by River Nene Regional Park, the Wellingborough Waterside Working Group has the aim of improving facilities for people and enriching conditions for nature at the waterside, and the group welcomes anyone interested in getting involved.
Councillor for the River Nene Regional Park Board, Cllr Clive Hallam, said: “We are dedicated to ensuring that the River Nene is a beautiful natural space that people of all ages can enjoy. In order to do this, we ask that people are responsible when disposing of their litter and help us achieve this vision.”
To join the litter pick on 22 September or get in touch with the Wellingborough working group, please contact Ali Cross at email@example.com or on 07715 659832. Anyone wanting to take part from a canoe should arrive at the Upper Lock at 8am for a briefing with Canoe2 (please book with Ali Cross, limited spaces available for canoeing). Paddleboarders must have some experience and must contact River Spirit SUP (firstname.lastname@example.org) in good time before the event.
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