On the eve of Mother's Day members of the community are invited once again to participate in the third year of cleaning up of our river banks and estuary edge. 2016 saw 20 Tonnes or carelesly discarded rubbish removed by nearly 1300 volunteers! A stirling effort. 2017 saw another 9.5 Tonnes of rubbish removed. 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 to see that in September 2017 the booms were indeed reinstalled by the City Council. Well done City Council.
The 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 Cuncil and Environment Canterbury. The success of this annual event is thanks to all you fabulous caring and enthusiastic volunteers who turn out on the day for this messy task. Many thanks indeed.
photo above ; 2016 collection of litter at Calder Green lower Heathcote River by Forest and Bird members.
Photo - left; Volunteers with bags rubbish collected from Charlesworth Wetland Reserve.