Volunteers filled more than 100 bags with rubbish they pulled from a Lincolnshire river, on top of a toilet and car seats. Across two clean-ups – on January 27 and February 3 – volunteers cleared 130 bags worth of rubbish from the River Haven, in Boston, as well as several items that were too big to be bagged.
They included children’s car seats, oil drums, tyres and even a toilet. A spokesperson from Boston RiverCare, which worked alongside the Wyberton and Spalding Wombles, said: “On February 3, [volunteers] took on a 1.5-mile stretch between Metsa Wood and the Pilgrim Fathers’ Memorial.
“With only two access points, this large area along the Haven has not been taken care of for many years. Two groups of volunteers started at either end then met in the middle, collecting 91 bags and numerous bulky items.”
The rubbish was carted off in wheelbarrows and red bin liners. A Womble volunteer brought a trailer with him, which proved valuable in moving “so much collected litter from the riverbank,” the spokesperson added.
The group was formed by Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service to care for and clean up Boston’s waterways, preventing litter from getting into the town’s waterways where it can cause harm to local wildlife and will eventually wash into the ocean.
Councillor Callum Butler, the portfolio holder for the environment at Boston Borough Council, said: “This collaborative approach is making a huge difference to the borough as a whole and we are grateful for the support of all those involved.”