The Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook RiverCare Group clearing the banks of a watercourse in Cambridge

A group of 15 volunteers in Cambridge set about cleaning-up a stretch of the Cherry Hinton Brook on 23rd March 2014 as part of Anglian Water’s RiverCare project.

The clean-up was carried out along the stretch of the brook between Sainsbury’s (on Coldham’s Lane) and Burnside, by the Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook, and included local residents and students from Anglia Ruskin University.

The group was formed to clean up and care for the stretch of river between Sainsbury’s and the brook’s source at Giant’s Grave in Cherry Hinton, parts of which have been blighted by litter.

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.

The Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook have carried out about nine litter picks since they were formed in 2009. The latest event saw them recover about 15 bags of rubbish from in and around the water, noticeably less than in previous clean-ups.

Sue Wells from the group said: “We have seen a very positive change since we started the group. Sainsbury’s is now keeping their stretch of the stream much cleaner and this is making a big difference. But there will always be a warm welcome for new members. We all love our local stream, where water voles bred this year and where we regularly see the kingfisher. We want to improve it for people and wildlife.

“We also hope that as people experience a cleaner, better environment they will be moved to put their litter in the bin and start to take more care of the brook and its banks.”