Over 80 volunteers joined Don Catchment Rivers Trust and their partners for a Great British Spring Clean on the River Don

Jayne Mann


To kick off the Great British Spring Clean, Don Catchment Rivers Trust took to the river as part of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival on Saturday 23rd March, to organise a mass clean-up on the River Don. Walkers, waders, canoeists, kayakers and paddle boarders joined Don Catchment Rivers Trust with one ambition, to clean up the River Don – a river which was once named as one of the most polluted rivers in Europe in the 1980s. Working with the River Stewardship Company, KINCA and the local canoe and kayaking groups, the team organised their biggest clean-up to date. Sally Hyslop, Community Engagement Officer from Don Catchment Rivers Trust, said: “It’s something we all do independently, so by being out here on the Don working together with a common aim, meant that we could achieve so much more and involve so many more people. "We were so pleased so many people could spare a couple of hours to come and help out, we managed to collect roughly half a tonne of rubbish from the river, including 12 car bumpers, 9 tyres, a trolley, a hoover, a laptop, a lawnmower and 8 kids footballs." The event was featured on the BBC's One Show and in the Daily Mail. The Great British Spring Clean will be continuing to mobilise #litterheroes across the country until April 22nd. Join a Rivers Trust on one of their litter picks here or visit the Keep Britain Tidy website to find more clean-up events near you. Litter picking on the River Don Litter picking on the River Don Litter picking on the River Don Litter picking on the River Don
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