Old bicycles and tyres among finds in river

Buckingham River Rinse PNL-140828-110337001
Buckingham River Rinse PNL-140828-110337001

Volunteers taking part in a river clean-up operation will be continuing an environmental initiative started back in the 1990s.

Every year, volunteers join Buckingham town councillors and staff to clean up sections of the River Great Ouse, which runs through the town.

Nowadays, volunteers from Stowe Sub Aqua Group and firefighters from Buckingham Fire Station join in the operation to extract the debris.

In addition to cans and bottles, everything from car tyres and traffic cones to shopping trollies and bicycles are pulled from the depths.

This year the first of two River Rinses will be from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Sunday, September 14, starting at Stratford Fields playing field and working up towards Cornwall’s Meadow car park.

Anyone wishing to join in should meet at Stratford Fields Car Park at 10.15am. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The second River Rinse will be on Sunday, October 5, from the skate park upriver to Chandos Park.

This year, the town council is contacting the ‘riparian owners’ – the owners of land next to the river – asking them if they will clear their section of the river.

The River Rinse was started by the late Trevor Pateman, who was Mayor of Buckingham from 1993 to 1995.

Town councillor Ruth Newell, who now takes responsibility for the River Rinses, said: “It’s a great idea and gets rid of lots of rubbish from the river, helps with the flow of the river and improves the ecology.”