On Sunday 27th October, 5 volunteers armed with their kayaks and good will, took part in the second River Clean Up organised by Hatt Adventures, a local outdoor adventure company. The event was part of an annual Autumn Beach and River Clean Up project organised by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) and British Canoeing, for a cleaner and safer environment.
Starting their journey just outside Pulborough (West Sussex), the volunteers with the youngest being 9 years old, and included staff from Hatt Adventures and Raystede Animal Welfare Center, scoured 2km of the river Arun, where they spent 4 hours in their kayaks, digging deep under trees and head high reeds, on their hunt for rubbish.
They managed to collect a huge range of objects from shoes, plastic pipes, plastic containers, a box of live maggots, and the usual assortment of plastic and glass bottles, tennis balls, cigarette lighters, polystyrene, plastic bags and fishing line.
Interestingly the upper section of the River Arun proved to be much cleaner than our 2018 River Ouse Clean Up in East Sussex. As Tom Hatt from Hatt Adventures stated “This is most likely due to the proximity of the footpath to the Ouse and the fact that the River Uck (which passes through the center of Uckfield) feeds into the River Ouse.”
Every piece of rubbish our volunteers have removed from the river has been a great victory for the environment. Further to this all the items have been counted and data sent to Surfers Against Sewage which will help compile vital evidence for a number of governmental consultations, including a Deposit Return Scheme – a system where every drinks bottle and cans will be returned and reimbursed before they get recycled.
It is also a great showing of community spirit, and serves to educate and raise awareness of our pollution, and also work towards a battle against single-use plastics, which would go towards a safer, cleaner environment for people and wildlife.
Our youngest volunteer Ty Jenkins (9yrs) said: “I liked this trip because it was fun kayaking and I learnt lots of new stuff like how to go into the bushes to get to the rubbish. We also got to find lots of thing such as coke can, glass bottles, plastic wrappers and much more. I also felt proud to help the environment!!!”
Hatt Adventures is Brighton’s favourite outdoor adventures provider, according to TripAdvisor. Their aim is simple: to inspire and instil a sense of adventure in everyone. As lovers of the outdoors, they are committed to doing their bit for Mother Nature by being carbon neutral and plastic smart.