On the eve of Mother's Day community groupswere invited once again to participate in the cleaning up of our river banks and estuary edge. 2017 saw nearly 10 Tonnes or carelesly discarded rubbish removed by 725 volunteers! A stirling effort. Based on this vast amount of litter the event coordinators made a plea to the City Council to reinstall litter catching devices (booms) in the lower Heathcote and Avon rivers to prevent rubbish entering the estuary. We are thrilled and grateful to see that in November 2017 booms were indeed reinstalled by the Christchurch City Council. And although this means we have less rubbish entering the Estuary we still see litter coming ashore with every tide. This year a record 45 Community groups including Residents Associations, sports groups, church groups) have registered to clean up 45 sites. Look out for them on the day and 'toot' your support when driving past these volunteers.
This event is jointly organised by the Avon/Otakaro River Network, the Opawaho/Heathcote River Network, the Estuary Ihutai Trust, Cassells tannery and City Care and supported by Christchurch City Council, the RATA foundation and Environment Canterbury. The success of this annual event is thanks to all our fabulous caring and enthusiastic volunteers who turn out on the day for this messy task. Many thanks indeed.
photo above ; Collection of litter at Calder Green lower Heathcote River by Forest and Bird members.
Photo - left; Volunteers with bags of rubbish collected from Charlesworth Wetland Reserve.