Volunteers will take to canoes to help clear up Peterborough river

Empty beer cans, plastic bags and food wrappers are all expected to be fished out of the River Nene during a clear-up with a difference this weekend.

Organised by Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), volunteers are invited to gather at Custom House, by Town Bridge, Peterborough, to take part in the RiverCare project at 11am this Sunday (August 18th).

The volunteers will be given a safety and training briefing before paddling out on the waters by canoe to help rid the River Nene of rubbish.

For those who would prefer a land based option, the RiverCare team will also be cleaning up the river banks on Monday and Tuesday next week. All the event details can be found on the RiverCare Facebook page –

RiverCare – a partnership between Peterborough Environment City Trust, Anglian Water and Keep Britain Tidy – is a project that re-connects people with their local river environment.

Project co-ordinator Christine Murray said: “RiverCare is a fantastic way for Peterborough people to get involved and do something practical to improve their local environment.

“It will be the first official RiverCare canoe clear up we’ve held in Peterborough this year so we’re hoping for lots of support.

“We have a RiverCare canoe and we’ve invited three groups, the Peterborough Area Canoeists and Kayakers Club, Proteous Canoe Club and Peterborough Sea Cadets, to help too.

“We’ll then use nets to scoop out the unwanted rubbish and litter from the river.”

The canoe clear up supports the on-going land based RiverCare work going on in Peterborough. RiverCare is always looking for volunteers, specialist expertise and in-kind support.

Children must be supervised by an adult. If you’re interested in helping please contact Christine Murray on 01733 568408 or email


Notes to Editor

Photo opportunity: The RiverCare team will be at Custom House, Town Bridge, Peterborough, at 11am on Sunday 18th August.