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The Great Skerne Scour

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On Sunday 23 October 2016 around 70 people turned out for the Big Skerne Scour!

Ben Lamb, Tees River Trust manager, and fellow campaigners - including the new Bright Water Project aimed at restoring the river and riverbanks - got together to organise the big day of clean-up action along the whole 25-mile length of the Skerne.

 “The Skerne is a beautiful river compared to how it was even just 30 years ago,” says Ben 

“However, the river and its banks are blighted by litter. From bottles to bags and trolleys to fags, the variety of items discarded along, chucked, blown and washed into it is obscenely eclectic.
“Bizarrely, in 2012, a dentist chair was hauled out of the river under Victoria Embankment bridge!”

 A growing number of Friends groups, Street Champions and individuals have been taking the problem into their own hands and organising litter picks, supported and encouraged by initiatives such as Litter Free Durham and Darlington Street Champions.
But, for the first time, ‘Skerne Scourers’ all combined for a united effort throughout the length of the river, from Trimdon to Croft. 

If you’re interested in taking part in future clean ups, please contact

Newton Aycliffe

Newton Aycliffe - Litter Warriors tackled the Skerne and won - thank you Natalie Whitworth and Ferny Boardman we had some fun and cleared out bags of rubbish from this stretch of the river.

Friends of Rockwell

 Friends of Rockwell Nature Reserve-  Twenty people turned up to help, every single one a star. In addition to the twenty plus bags of litter retrieved we also got a wheelie bin, a supermarket trolley, a childs scooter, a childs ride on toy and the remains of a dustbin. Thank you all. Very much appreciated.

PCSO Dolby

PCSO Steve Dolby went out and about with Andy Naylor from the Environment Agency and picked between South Park and Barmpton Lane. Also bagged a couple of lads fishing without licences!

Skerne Rubbish

At least this lot won't be floating down the river! Many thanks to the Soroptomist ladies and Janet Bradshaw.

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