River Tame Clean Up Event – 24th April 2016

We were a little apprehensive before todays clean up event on the River Tame in Ashton – our first event on the  River Tame and our first event in East Manchester – we had no idea what sort of turn out we were going to get.

And at our official start time of 10am there were only a few hardy souls to brave the cold northerly wind, and light showers or rain.

We really had our work cut out, as the river banks in Ashton were a real state – huge amounts of litter on the banks, and the river channel holding a fair number of deeply embedded shopping trolleys.

After a quick brew to warm  up – we  had to carefully make our way past a pair of nesting  Canada Geese -and then get to work…..

And as you can see from the pics below – we had decades of accumulated grot to clean up – but ended the day more than satisfied with our efforts.

A real riverside mess

A real riverside mess

there was lots of it, and it was thick on the ground

there was lots of it, and it was thick on the ground

litter litter everywhere

litter litter everywhere

Even the Geese couldnt avoid the litter - this one had made a nest from down and a plastic bag

Even the Geese couldnt avoid the litter – this one had made a nest from down and a plastic bag

The litter had been accumulating for decades - a Monty Python record - released in 1974

The litter had been accumulating for decades – a Monty Python record – released in 1974

A quick brew before we started

A quick brew before we started

Many hands make light work

Many hands make light work

The River Tame is a beautiful river - even in Ashton town centre

The River Tame is a beautiful river – even in Ashton town centre

The river looks much better without its ironmongery

The river looks much better without its ironmongery

and it looks much better with fewer tyres in it

and it looks much better with fewer tyres in it

A few hours hard graft amongst the nettles and brambles made a huge difference

A few hours hard graft amongst the nettles and brambles made a huge difference

Is this really the same place ?? a few hours and some great volunteers - what a difference

Is this really the same place ?? a few hours and some great volunteers – what a difference

Is this really the same place ?

Is this really the same place ?

Declan made his sister get stuck in

Declan made his sister get stuck in

We filled two skips!

We filled two skips!

more people came to help throughout the day - a great team effort

more people came to help throughout the day – a great team effort

Many many thanks to everyone who came and lent a hand – your efforts are truly appreciated.

The River Tame in Ashton is a beautiful place – and should be cherished not trashed.

See you all again soon.

 

 

Sunday 24th April, 10am meet up at Bow St, Ashton Under Lyne SK16 4HY

Our first foray on the River Tame – we will be cleaning up the area up and downstream of the B6170 Road Bridge

Our Gazebo will be located on the riverside footpath adjacent to the Bridge on Bow St, Ashton U Lyne. Click this link to be taken to a location map for our meeting point

There is a bit of a mess to clear up upstream of the bridge

There is a bit of a mess to clear up upstream of the bridge

If you have waders – please bring them – otherwise wellies or strong boots needed.

We will provide litter pickers, gloves, bin bags etc. Also hot tea, coffee and cake available all day.

Once we have finished (approx 2pm) we have been invited to refresh ourselves at the Station Pub, Ashton U Lyne (a short walk away from the clean up location).

And even more mess downstream - we are going to be busy

And even more mess downstream – we are going to be busy

Everyone welcome to come a long and help out – even if you can only come for an hour – your help is very much appreciated..