Grantham RiverCare group in action

Grantham’s RiverCare group has been recognised for its long term positive impact on the local environment after winning the Lincolnshire Environmental Community Award.

The group of volunteers, which has been meeting regularly for almost 10 years, carries out litter picks and wildlife surveys on a stretch of the River Witham which runs through the town.

John Knowles, Grantham RiverCare leader, said: “The change we’ve seen over the years has been tremendous. When this group first started this stretch of river was inundated with rubbish including furniture, beds and tyres.

“And now, we have a glorious stretch of river, thanks to the hard work and support from volunteers.”

RiverCare is an Anglian Water project run in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy to encourage local groups to tackle litter, carry out wildlife surveys and habitat improvements in a safe and rewarding way.

John added: “I nearly fell off my chair when we were announced as the winner. It’s a great honour that we truly weren’t expecting. I was so proud of our team when the result was announced.

“We have been going for ten years now and some volunteers have been out for every clean up along with other projects we have been involved in. We are all passionate about our stretch of river which I am pleased to say has spread throughout the community.”

The next clean up is planned for 25 October – exactly 10 years to the day of the first ever meeting.