Members and friends from Colchester Canoe Club and Wivenhoe Canoe Club recently joined forces to clean the River Colne in Colchester from the old swimming pool to East Gates weir. The event attracted water users of all ages to clean up and help protect the rivers, and is one of many events that takes place on that stretch adopted by the local clubs.
The event was a fun family-friendly event, with 10 bags of mixed rubbish collected alongside three road cones, a road barrier, a pushbike, a dead eel, and a cuddly toy. It was a lovely day for a paddle with lots of wildlife seen and heard including a water vole, swans, ducks and moorhens, butterflies and numerous dragon and damselflies of various species.
Colchester Canoe Club have been regularly cleaning a two mile stretch of the River Colne for several years alongside being part of the RiverCare family. Through the summer they hold Wednesday evening training sessions and paddles along the river, picking up any rubbish as they go along.