Suffolk groups take inspiration from David Attenborough in mission to clean River Deben

Litter pickers will meet at
the Tide Mill in Woodbridge. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Litter pickers will meet at the Tide Mill in Woodbridge. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Sea Scouts, sailors and an environmental group will be teaming up to clean a Suffolk river – having been inspired by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet and its warning of plastic in our oceans.

Transition Woodbridge is inviting people to join in on Saturday, June 3, when litter-pickers will aim to remove waste from the River Deben.

Sea Scouts and local sailing clubs have offered to take waste from the river and the far bank, while those on foot will clear the Woodbridge side of the waterway.

A Transition Woodbridge spokesman said: “Litter collected is litter that is directly entering our oceans and damaging marine life as highlighted by David Attenborough and Blue Planet Two.

“This is litter that will never completely biodegrade and will still be around in our great, great, great grandchildren’s lifetimes.

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“It will be consumed by wildlife; either on land or in the ocean and the evidence now suggests that it is now turning up as micro-plastic particles in our own food and drinks.

“Transition Woodbridge are very proud of the incredible volunteers for giving up their time during the Spring Clean and hope the River Clean will be just as much fun.”

Litter-pickers will meet at 2pm at the Tide Mill. Email Transition Woodbridge to join in.

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