We cleared 60 bags of rubbish from just one stretch of our village’s river

The volunteers with  some of the 60 bags of rubbish they cleared from the Portsmouth stretch of the River Calder
The volunteers with some of the 60 bags of rubbish they cleared from the Portsmouth stretch of the River Calder

When Owen Gilroy appealed for help in spring cleaning a sizeable chunk of the River Calder as it flowed through the Portsmouth section of Cornholme village, he might not have been able to envisage just how much the team would move.

Eventually, said Owen, volunteers cleared 60 bags of waste from the river.

“We had help from Ian Russell, manager of Morrisons offering to donate bin bags.

“Zoe Davis the local warden turned up and neighbourhood co-ordinator Kirsten Fussing lent grabbers and donated bin bags.

“We had Reverend Jo from St Marys mention us at her services, plus Gaynor at the Glen View let us advertise there.

“We need to also thank our volunteers; Joe Trochan from Incredible Edible, John Ridout, George, an unnamed lady who was passing by and Bradley, an 11-year-old who cycled up from Cornholme to help out.

“We got the whole stretch of river done in half a day!”