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Volunteers in big East Lancashire river clean-up
A CLEAN-UP of the River Calder and River Brun in Burnley town centre took place yesterday.
The clean-up was carried out to celebrate the start of work within the river channel by Cow Lane car park, including re-profiling the cobble setts to naturalise the river bed and provide increased habitat for riverine wildlife.
Volunteers helped to clean up the rivers for the Ribble Rivers Trust, with the work part of the Urban River Enhancement Scheme (URES).
The clean-up was also supported by Kwik Fit, in Burnley town centre.
Paul Waterworth, centre manager for Kwik Fit, said: “We are delighted to support the Ribble Rivers Trust and the work they are doing to clean-up the Rivers Calder and Brun in Burnley. The River Calder flows past the Kwik Fit garage and it is a haven for wildlife but this is spoilt by all the rubbish, so we are more than glad to help to improve it.”
Victoria Dewhurst, community engagement officer for the URES, said: “Local people are essential to the success of the URES and we are working to encourage and equip our communities to take ownership and pride in our rivers.”
Sara Hilton, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, which has helped to fund the work, said: “The Urban River Enhan-cement Scheme is fantastic news for Burnley and will have transformational effects “Ribble Rivers Trust will not only uncover the historic river but also empower local communities to explore, enjoy and help conserve this important part of their heritage. “
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