Volunteers Haul Whole Heap of Rubbish out of Woking River!

Thursday 22nd September 2016

Rivers Week Hoe Stream Haul

A fire extinguisher, a rusty water tank, motorbike parts and an old car seat were among the items dragged out of the Hoe Stream by volunteers in Woking.

Our waterways are the arteries of our living landscape – they are the lifeblood of our countryside...

The clean-up day organised by Surrey Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Woking Borough Council, was one of a series of events celebrating Rivers Week across the county.

Woking Borough Councillor Beryl Hunwicks pulled on her waders and joined Trust volunteers as they cleared the waterway and cut back overgrown trees. The team was also building habitats for fish using woody debris and removing Himalayan Balsam, which is an invasive species.

The work also included surveying for river fly, as part of the Trust’s River Search project - a citizen science initiative, which aims to build a picture of the health of the county’s waterways.

“Our waterways are the arteries of our living landscape – they are the lifeblood of our countryside and vital to the survival of hundreds of species, including us!” said Jim Jones, Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscapes Project Manager.

“But problems such as habitat loss, pollution and flooding are all threatening our rivers and the wildlife that depends on them. Rivers and streams are at the heart of every community and it’s great to see people coming together in Rivers Week to learn about, celebrate and help protect the wonderful waterways we have in our county.”

Rivers Week 2016 aimed to highlight the importance of Surrey’s waterways and the problems they face, while encouraging everyone to take an active interest in their future. 

For further information or to get involved as a ‘RiverSearch’ volunteer please visit: http://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/what-we-do/living-landscapes/conserva...

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