Boats, Banks & Baildon
During Britain’s mini heat-wave on Saturday 8th April, Aire Rivers Trust and River Stewardship Company facilitated a big clean up session along the River Aire behind Higher Coach Road in Baildon, Shipley. An enthused 40 volunteers, including members of Higher Coach Road Residents Group, were out in full force as the sun beamed down on everyone’s huge efforts. A spirited community of kids, students, grandparents and even a friendly dog came along to play their part on the day and the results were fantastic.
This particular stretch of river and its banks unfortunately were fully stockpiled with all kinds of waste including trolleys, mattresses and the usual plastic litter. Not only does rubbish and fly tipping spoil the views, it’s hazardous to local wildlife and when left to build up can block bridges and culverts contributing to flooding.
The volunteer day is part of the River C’Aire project which is pilot project looking at ways of developing sustainable practices in river stewardship. So far 4 clean up sessions have taken place on the River Aire, Chellow Dean and Bradford Beck involving 7 children and 41 adults from a wide range of community groups.
Young people from Dixon’s Allerton Academy helped out on their local waterway, whilst the Friends of Bradford Becks, Bradford Amateur Rowing Club, Higher Coach Road Residents Group, Bradford and Bingley Canoe Club have been involved on various sites across the city. Thanks also go to Bradford Council for assisting the project especially with the removal of all the litter and fly tipping.
Rob Hellawell volunteer with Friends of Bradford Becks said ‘It was really great to see some local enthusiasm on the bank last week! We ended up with a great haul of stuff including 6 bicycles, 2 carpets, 1 mattress, 2 scooters, 1 shopping trolley, scaffolding, drain pipes and wooden fencing’.
For information on how you can get involved contact Hellen Hornby at the River Stewardship Company on 0114 354 0012.
River Stewardship Company is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England.
Company registration number: 6759419. VAT registration number: 975669843