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Friday, July 17, 2015

Volunteer clean up at Tawd Valley Park

Volunteers worked with West Lancashire Borough Council Rangers to help clean up at the Summer Street area of Tawd Valley Park.

There were 47 volunteers from United Utilities involved in an event which was organised between the Rangers, United Utilities, Catchment Based Approach (CaBa) and The River Douglas Catchment Project, which is run by Groundwork.

In one morning the group cleared 10 trolleys, four bikes including an exercise bike, and a large garden table out of the River Tawd near Summer Street. They also took away a number of tyres as well as discarded clothes and a duvet out of the river near Summer Street.

Together with the rangers, the volunteers crafted eight wooden benches, rebuilt a long flight of steps and cleared away eight bags of rubbish from the ground by the river. They also cleared Himalayan Balsam, a plant that is choking out our native flora, away from the whole area that was allocated for the volunteer work.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “The Tawd Valley Park is a lovely area and it is a real shame that a small minority spoil it by leaving rubbish here. The volunteers have done some great work clearing up this area and they can be really proud of their efforts as they have made a real difference here.”

Jonathan Culf, from United Utilities Wastewater Strategy Team, said: “This conservation day on the River Tawd was arranged through the CatchmentWise initiative, and the staff from at United Utilities were happy to contribute towards making a really positive change to the environment in this area.“

Problems with fly-tipping can be reported 24 hours a day on this website - visit  flytipping. You can also report problems with litter or fly-tipping by calling 01695 577177 between 8.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

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