If you go down to the river today you might just get a surprise!

A close up of some of the plastic bottles and tin cans pulled from the rivers during  the clean-up. EMN-171127-162340001
A close up of some of the plastic bottles and tin cans pulled from the rivers during the clean-up. EMN-171127-162340001

There’s no end to the surprises often discovered in clean ups of the area’s rivers.

In Horncastle, for example, members of the town’s ‘RiverCare’ Group staged their own clean up last Saturday morning.

Members of the RiverCare Group who took part on the clean  up last Saturday morning. Photos: Supplied. EMN-171127-162214001

Members of the RiverCare Group who took part on the clean up last Saturday morning. Photos: Supplied. EMN-171127-162214001

Working on the River Waring between the ‘Town Bridge’ and the junction with the River Bain near the swimming pool, they unearthed some unusual finds, ranging from supermarket trolleys to a child’s dummy!

The dozen members who took part made good use of extending long-reach rakes - and a grappling hook.

A team of ‘litter pickers’ were also kept busy.

The full list of finds was:

All pull together: RiverCare volunteers battle to remove a shopping trolley  from the River Waring. EMN-171127-162518001

All pull together: RiverCare volunteers battle to remove a shopping trolley from the River Waring. EMN-171127-162518001

•2 supermarket trolleys;

•1 traffic cone;

•1 children’s umbrella;

•1 bucket of glass bottles;

Its the work of volunteers from organisations like RiverCare that help maintain  beautiful  scenes like this in Horncastle. EMN-171127-162647001

Its the work of volunteers from organisations like RiverCare that help maintain beautiful scenes like this in Horncastle. EMN-171127-162647001

•10 sacks of bottles, drinks cans, polystyrene food containers and general rubbish;

•Various pieces of scrap metal and timber;

•a child’s dummy!

The morning was bright and sunny but there had been a heavy frost and the group were glad to be able to warm up with coffee and biscuits in the Scout Hut at the end of the session.

RiverCare is a national organisation under the wing of Keep Britain Tidy and is sponsored by Anglian Water.

Regular clean-ups are he;ld. Watch out for posters or ring 01507 525071 for details.