Saturday morning saw several Cutting Edge employees participate in a mass clean-up of the South Ribble river bank. Clad in wellingtons and gloves from our own PPE range, the team worked with the Ribble Rivers Trust and South Ribble Council to rid the area of litter.
The event was hosted to celebrate Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental movement. An impressive number of volunteers met at 10am on Penwortham’s Howick Cross Lane to pick litter in the sun. In doing so, they benefitted both the nearby wildlife and local community.
Volunteer Supervisor Officer at the Ribble Rivers Trust, Jonny Walker, outlined why this large-scale operation was necessary; “The area at Howick Cross is particularly bad following the winter floods and high spring tides. Rubbish from throughout Lancashire can be carried by the river Ribble and its feeder watercourses and washed onto the bank. If not collected, the waste will most likely end up in the ocean.”
Among the Cutting Edge employees in attendance was Engineering Co-ordinator, Andrew Crossley, who first advertised it to our team. He explained his decision to get involved; “I am local to the area and was walking my dog down by the river one evening. It had been a few months since I had last been down there and the amount of plastic and rubbish that was now littered along the riverside was shocking.”
Upon hearing of the Ribble Rivers Trust’s initiative, he soon enlisted the help of his enthusiastic co-workers. By all accounts, the morning was a considerable accomplishment, with Andrew noting the general feeling of camaraderie at the event; “On the day, we were lucky to get the sun shining. It was heart-warming to see how many people turned up, people of all ages came along to help. It was a real team effort from all, and at the end we left a 2-3 mile stretch of the river totally clear of any rubbish.”
Not only did our team succeed in cleaning up the area but, they also reunited a dog with its long-lost collar. Andrew explains how he “found a little bone-shaped dog tag with a local phone number on it.” After impulsively deciding to call the number, they discovered the dog was very much still alive and had lost the tag several years ago, while still a puppy. Touched by the item’s sentimental value, Cutting Edge have since posted it back to its rightful owner.
For more information about the Ribble Rivers Trust, please visit their website; http://ribbletrust.org.uk/