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Students from Duchy College help clean up the river Tamar

On Thursday 22nd April, a group of students from Duchy College participated in an impact and sustainability project which involved a river clean up along the river Tamar in Cornwall.

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The aim of the project was to support the West Country River Trust in collecting as much plastic as possible along a 5 mile stretch of the river along with logging where each piece of plastic was located, the type of plastic and where it might have come from.

According to Russ Craig – Lecturer in Sport, Outdoor & Military Protective Service – having the students organise their own river clean project with the West Country River Trust has helped them to understand further the challenges faced by the outdoor industry in leading activities in the natural environment, the consequences of our impact on these fragile sites, and how we can sustainably conserve through education these spaces for future generations to enjoy.

Reflecting on their river clean up the students said…

“We all really enjoyed this project as we were doing something great for the environment and had fun at the same time. There were a lot of interesting things to see along the river Tamar. We saw lots of nature and animals. It felt amazing knowing that we were helping to preserve the natural habitat, as well as making sure the surrounding area kept its beauty. It has really inspired us to try and take this into our everyday lives, such as taking part in some beach cleans along the Cornish coast line.”


British Canoeing would like to say a big thank you to Joe, Harry, Emily, Harry, Noah, Adeon, Lillie for organising a successful river clean up along the river Tamar. We would also like to express our thanks to the West Country River Trust in supporting the students with the project and for all the wonderful work they are doing to restore and protect water environments in the Westcountry.