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Rivercare Clean up 2018

Ahead of a great summer in Bedford Borough, the Rivercare Clean up of 2018 takes place on the 21stApril. Rivercare is a community event which gives the Embankment area and river a complete clean with the help of volunteers and local groups.

We are currently looking for volunteers interested in taking part to help clear and litter pick along the Embankment. Scuba divers and kayakers will be in the water clearing the rubbish that has been dumped into the Great Ouse daily from the riverbed. Previous years have seen numerous shopping trolleys, bicycles, traffic cones and other various other items pulled out of the river.

All equipment will be provided. Volunteers are asked to wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear. We have a partnership with the John Bunyan Boat to provide refreshments on-board and the Longholme Café is offering a 25% discount for lunch on event day for any volunteers taking part.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “The River Great Ouse is something that everyone in the Borough can be proud of.  Rivercare provides an opportunity for people to help to protect it, while taking part in a real community event. It sees local individuals, groups and organisations pulling together to help make sure the river is looking its best, during the coming summer of events and beyond.”

The event runs from 10am till noon and volunteers are asked to meet at the Butterfly Bridge off the Embankment. For more information please email