Winchester Going Green – keeping our rivers clean

Press Release: 30/04/2012

Winchester Going Green

Winchester District is famous for its picturesque rivers and the local produce that benefits from this, including watercress and trout. Sometimes however people take that for granted and they are less careful about littering and dumping in or near the River Itchen, than they are in the streets.

One project though is looking to change that. Winchester Going Green is a project that aims to clean up our rivers and educate people about the harm that can be done by littering across river banks or dumping waste in our waterways.

The team have been working in Winchester for the last five months and have collected over one tonne of waste from river banks and the river beds. The largest amount of litter collected was from the river in front of Abbey House and Abbey Gardens. The second phase of the project will be starting in May and the team are looking for volunteers to help once a month with collections.

Project Manager Luciano Vasconcellos said,

 For an area that is so renowned for its waterways Winchester still has a way to go to ensure that they stay that way. I am often astonished at the amount of litter and also household waste that we find in the river and want to help people understand the importance of keeping these areas clean and healthy. Our volunteers are excellent and we are always looking for new recruits to help us.”

Winchester Going Green benefits from having access to the latest technology in river clearing that has been used all over the world including the Brazilian rainforest. This includes a remote vehicle (ROV) that can be used up to 5ft under ground which is perfect for Winchester’s hidden waterways. The ROV has an extendable arm that is used to remove objects from the river bed.

Rob Heathcock, Winchester City Council’s Assistant Director Environment said,

We are always pleased to see local groups coming together to help protect the high quality environment of Winchester which we are lucky to be able to enjoy. This is a key priority for the Council and we have been happy to help the Winchester Going Green team with their aims of not only clearing the rubbish but also educating people on the impact it has.”

If you would like to volunteer with Winchester Going Green or to find out more information please contact Waterways Conservation Trust

20 Moorside Road, Winchester,Hampshire, SO23 7RX, or call 0800 206 2212

Or e-mail: support@waterwaysconservationtrust.org.uk  

The Winchester Going Green Project is sponsored by Shine Cleaning Inc. Ltd and Winchester City Council.