Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club Tackle Litter Along The Tarka Trail And River Bank
Twenty-four members of the club grabbed their bin bags and shouldered litter-pickers to collect all kinds of debris scattered beside the Tarka trail and along the north side of the River Taw last Saturday. They covered the area from the swing-bridge over the River Yeo as far as the finger post past the RGB building, extracting everything they could find. Some of it had plainly been there for several years and had been obscured by brambles and other vegetation, but taking action at this time of year meant that it could be seen more easily and recovered for disposal.
A great deal of plastic and glass bottles were picked up, as well as pint glasses, many discarded drinks cans, a dustbin lid, a broken umbrella, a large pair of bolt-croppers, car parts and much general rubbish. This was all sorted into separate bags of glass, plastic, drinks cans and general refuse back at the gig club compound by Mill Road, so that as much as possible could be sent for recycling.
Club Chairman Kevin Ward said “Our members see a lot of debris in the river and along the river bank when out practising on the River Taw, and we are determined to do something about it. We believe that the general public will respect clean paths and river banks far more than they will if nothing is done, and we hope we will not need to repeat this exercise in the near future. Many thanks to all who took part and to the walkers along the path who thanked us.”
Courtesty of David Dixon, BPGC Deputy Chairman
BPGC charity reg no 1172955