Volunteers help to clean up Herrington Burn

Durham Wildlife Trust and members of the community around Shiney Row and Houghton le Spring have been working on the Herrington Burn after fly-tippers dumped rubbish into the water

Bill Dunn and Emily Scott remove an organ from Herrington Burn
Bill Dunn and Emily Scott remove an organ from Herrington Burn

Volunteers have pulled everything, including a few kitchen sinks, from a North East river.

Durham Wildlife Trust and members of the community around Shiney Row and Houghton le Spring have been working on the Herrington Burn after fly-tippers dumped rubbish into the water.

And now they are inviting families to help put the finishing touches on more than a year of work to clean fridges, mattresses, wheel barrows, carpets, and even a Yamaha electric organ from the waterway.

“It’s been great working on the stream,” said Living Waterways project officer Kelly Rose.

“Six months ago, before we cleared the scrub and brambles, you couldn’t even see the water, but now it’s looking better and better.

“There’s still a lot of rubbish in there, but it’s becoming a special place that people care about.

“And a heron has even started coming and visiting the stream.”

Volunteers cleared Herrington Burn near Houghton le Spring
Volunteers cleared Herrington Burn near Houghton le Spring
 

A “stream clean” litter pick will take place this Saturday, from 11am to 3pm, while a fun day of planting and activities is planned for June 7. Kelly added: “People can then watch it grow and have more interest and ownership of the stream – getting people to value the waterway is a big thing.”

For more information about this Saturday’s clean-up, call Kelly Rose on 0191 584 3112.

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