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Paddle clubs across the country assemble for the SAS Autumn clean

The Surfers Against Sewage Autumn Beach Clean: Summit to Sea took place from 19th-27th October across the whole of the UK. Despite most of the country suffering from torrential rain and rapidly rising river levels, many canoe and kayak clubs and centres took to the waters and joined the national effort to clean our rivers and canals to prevent the waste entering our seas. 

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Across the week hundreds of clean ups took place across all sorts of terrain, including cleanups on beaches, rivers and mountains. A total of 372 paddle club volunteers got involved in the action and collectively, the paddle clubs removed 444kg worth of rubbish from the waterways. 

Below is our picture gallery from clubs who have let us know about their clean up. They include:

  • Wey Kayak Club who cleared sections of the Wey Navigation with 50 volunteers. They collected 30 bags along 3km. Their most bizarre find was a dolls head (spooky!)
  • Nottingham Kayak Club who cleaned up their home section of the River Trent with 16 volunteers. Collectively they filled 24 bags, and their most bizarre item found was a fridge.
  • Solihull Canoe Club cleared a 5km section of the Grand Union Canal with 4 volunteers. Their most bizarre item found was a Mr Men Cuddly Toy!
  • Hatt Adventures took 5 volunteers to clean the River Arun. They managed to collect 5 bags with their most bizarre item a live box of maggots. 
  • Lincoln Canoe Club took 14 volunteers along the Brayford Pool and Fossdyke Navigation, retrieving 4 sacks full of rubbish from the canal. 
  • Peak UK and Paddle Peak took to the River Derwent from Darley Dale to Milford, removing sacks full of rubbish and discarded items from the beautiful Derbyshire river. Items included plastic pallets, a trolley, road block and a wheelie bin! 

Well done to all the volunteers who took part in clean ups across the country. Did your club take part in a clean up recently? Let us know about it!