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Wretched Cradley Heath stretch of River Stour to be cleaned up
5:03pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
AN ENVIRONMENTAL group is set to descend on Cradley Heath to clean up a litter strewn part of the River Stour.
The volunteers from the River Stour Clear Water Project will also be tackling overgrown Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed at the river near Bridge Street on Sunday.
Rosanne Adams, founder of the group, said: “This site was drawn to our attention by a Cradley Heath resident so this will be our first attempt to clean the river beyond our own area of Stourbridge.
“Hopefully, this will lead to new groups taking on their own areas and drawing attention locally to the need for some tender loving care for the River Stour.”
She added: “The site is more difficult than any we have attempted so far as the river has rather steep sides and the vegetation is high and thick.
“There is Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed which are all invasive species.
“There is enough old rubbish along that stretch to keep us busy and lots of litter for those who don't want to venture into the water.”
The group is hoping green fingered locals will join in the clean up on Sunday which starts at 10.30am.
Mrs Adams said: “We always need people to pull on the grappling hooks to heave the rubbish out and to trundle the rubbish in our new wheelbarrows to the road for collection by the council.”
If possible volunteers are urged to bring sturdy rubbish bags and strong gloves, the group has gauntlets and waders for those entering the water as well as cutting equipment.
Volunteers wishing to help should meet in Bridge Street at 10.15am or ring Mrs Adams on 01384 390095.
The last event the group held saw 25 people help clean up a stretch of the River Stour in Lye and the group is hoping to hold an exhibition at Halesowen Library next year to raise awareness for the need to keep the river clean.
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