Volunteers on riverbank litter pick

By a County Press reporter

Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

VOLUNTEERS have been helping to keep the Island spick and span by picking litter along the River Medina.

A team of 18, made up of Red Funnel staff and their families, cleaned along the riverbank for a mile from the Folly Inn, near East Cowes, to Island Harbour Marina.

The clean-up was organised by the ferry company as part of its drive to keep coastlines clear from rubbish, safe for wildlife and looking good for the 2.4million tourists who visit the Island and boost the economy every year.

Human resources Shirley Anderson said: "Everyone put in so much effort, even our youngest volunteer, who was only three. It was incredible to see how much of a difference it made to this part of the Island."

The volunteers collected around 20 bags of litter, which, as well as the usual cans and bottles, included stranger items like flowerpots and 10 metres of blue plastic piping.

Shirley added: "This is something we’d like to expand next year, so we’ll be looking for more volunteers, including customers, to cover a larger area. We’ve seen what can be achieved when people pull together and we know we can make a huge impact to the natural areas on the Island."

The company is aiming to hold the next clean-up in spring, to get the Island ready for another tourist season.

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