WatersideCare is an initiative aimed at helping communities improve their local waterways (e.g. canals, brooks and rivers).
Canals, brooks and rivers are vital wildlife corridors that provide valuable habitats and places for people to enjoy and be inspired by. However, these are often neglected enivironments, attracting rubbish, anti-social behaviour and vandalism. Water quality too is often an issue, especially in urban areas.
Keep Britain Tidy is working in partnership with the Environment Agency, Canal & River Trust and Severn Trent Water to set up WatersideCare Groups in areas across the Midlands who then 'adopt' a local stretch of waterway.
The aim of WatersideCare is to empower community groups to ‘adopt’ and enhance their local waterway environment by carrying out regular conservation work, litter clean-up, water quality improvement and wildlife surveying tasks. Once up and running (i.e. self-supervising), it is hoped that WatersideCare groups will be key players in the ongoing improvement of our region's waterways, providing places where people and wildlife thrive!
In addition to staff support, WatersideCare is able to provide the tools, protective gear, insurance and surveying equipment necessary to carry out practical tasks. WatersideCare will also assist groups in applying for additional sources of funding where appropriate.
For more information, contact the WatersideCare Project Officers
Louise North on 07918 054616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Copplestone on 07918 616907 or email email@example.com
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