The Tiverton Volunteer Litter Pickers (TVLP) have worked a 1km stretch of the River Lowman from Lowman Bridge to the MST premises, which was completely cleared of all rubbish, together with a large area of town surrounding Gold Street, as part of the autumn Big Litter Pick, currently taking place across most of Mid Devon.
Gary Pilling, head of Waste Services for the district council told the Devon Week:“It is great that the volunteer litter pickers have given up their time to clean up the river at Lowman Green and its surrounding area. The volunteers are regularly out and about in the town and they make a huge difference to the environment for those that live and visit here.”
Gordon Davis, Secretary for the TVLP, said: “The litter pickers were pleased to report sightings of large numbers of sizeable fish (probably brown trout) in the River Lowman during cleaning operations. After the contamination that took place a year or so ago, it was encouraging to see so many fish had returned to the affected stretch of river.”
The Big Litter Pick takes place in spring and autumn each year and over 40 groups get out and about in the Mid Devon area litter picking. The groups, which include schools, scouts, village groups and parish councils report that since the Big Litter Pick started four years ago there has been a noticeable drop in the amount of litter to be picked up.
Anyone in the Mid-Devon area interested in starting a group should contact Gary Pilling or Julia Stuckey on 01884 233105 or email [email protected]. All equipment is supplied and the litter collected will be removed after the event. Officers are also available to talk to groups about litter and recycling.
(from a press release)
(Image: Tiverton Volunteer Litter Pickers at Lowman Green, Tiverton)