Branching out with our new community tree nursery
Growing our community tree nursery in the heart of Penrith
Working together, the 38 volunteers were able to tackle litter both in the river and on the riverbank. With the recent dry and sunny weather, the lower river levels meant that the paddlers were able to uncover items lurking under the surface that would normally never see the light of day.
Bridget Ennini, Chair, Carlisle Canoe Club said:
We had a fantastic turnout and managed to recover a wide range of rubbish from tyres and shopping trolleys to assorted plastic and dog poo!
As a Club we use this stretch of the river on a frequent basis, and it is important to us that it is kept clean not only to ensure our own safety as paddlers but also to protect our local environment for the future.
The volunteers also turned their attention to another unwelcome visitor, Himalayan balsam. This invasive, non-native species has taken over this spot, outcompeting native plants and causing bank erosion. Fortunately, it’s easy (and fun!) to pull it out and ‘bash’ it. Now’s the ideal time to tackle this alien invader before it flowers and seed pods develop.
Jenni Payne, our volunteer and community outreach coordinator added:
We were delighted to join forces with Carlisle Canoe Club – something we’ve been able to do thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund through our Access to Eden: breaking barriers, building bridges project.
It’s great that so many local people turned up, wanting to help to clean up our rivers and riverbanks, whether that’s litter or getting rid of invasive non-native species such as Himalayan balsam.
There’s a real buzz about it when we work together like this; we make a fantastic impact and see results really quickly.
Eden Rivers Trust runs regular volunteer work parties throughout the Eden catchment.
Visit our Things to Do page for details of the next one.
Photos: Stuart Walker Photography