Teams clear up the riverbank

The Big Spring Clean partnership pictured gathering on the banks of the Wear near the Penny Ferry Bridge in Durham before setting off on their clean-up.

The Big Spring Clean partnership pictured gathering on the banks of the Wear near the Penny Ferry Bridge in Durham before setting off on their clean-up.

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A RIVERBANK was given a spring clean thanks to a team effort.

The area between The Sands and Prebends Bridge in Durham was the focus of the sweep with the Environment Agency working in the River Wear to remove rubbish and debris in the water.

The event was part of the city’s LitterFree Durham Big Spring Clean, and brought together members of Durham Cathedral Heritage and Riverbanks project, the Radisson Blue hotel and Durham County Council’s civic pride and clean and green teams.

Pauline Walker, senior civic pride officer with the council, said: “Rivers are central to the beauty of our county and it fantastic to see so many partners coming together to take pride in the Durham City area, by tidying the riverbanks making a difference for everyone to enjoy as we move into summer.”

Andrew Foster, from the Environment Agency’s operations delivery team, said: “The Environment Agency normally only removes debris that could cause an obstruction and a flood risk.

“So this is another great opportunity to pool resources to clear all litter and debris we find in the rivers, and have a thorough spring clean.

“Over the years we have had a few surprises, especially when we pulled an old dentist’s chair out of the river.”

Durham Wildlife Trust will hold a stream clean of Herrington Burn, around the Shiney Row and Houghton area, from 11am to 3pm on Saturday.

Helpers will be welcome as fly-tipped waste is removed, with more details available from Kelly Rose on 584 3112.