On Saturday, April 2, volunteers will be pulling on their wellies to clean up litter from the banks of the River Witham in Lincoln.

The event has been organised by the Lincoln RiverCare group – a collaboration with Keep Britain Tidy and Anglian Water - to help the local community see the beautiful surroundings on their doorsteps. The group are looking for more volunteers and local residents to join them at the event. Students from the University of Lincoln and Anglian Water staff will be taking part in the event.

Kevin McCarthy, Lincoln RiverCare group leader and Anglian Water employee said: “We held our last event back in October and it was great to see 38 volunteers turn up on the day and lend a hand. Altogether we collected 75 bags of litter. Some of the more unusual items found included a high chair, a breadbin, folding chair, a tent, 2 bicycle frames, 2 traffic cones, a large promotional banner, and a wheelbarrow!

“The River Witham is a key part of life in the City. It’s a place to be enjoyed along the walk to work and it is a corridor for wildlife too. We hope the event organised will encourage local people to love the River Witham.”

The clean-up starts outside the Tower Bar in Lincoln at 10:30am on Saturday, April 2. Anyone who is interested in coming along can contact: Fiona McKenna, RiverCare project officer at Fiona.mckenna@keepbritaintidy.org or just turn up on the day.

Fiona McKenna, RiverCare project officer for Lincolnshire said: “Lincoln is at the heart of the Witham river catchment and the river just needs a bit more love.”