Our waterways for many of our members are so much more than just a place to put a boat in for a paddle. They offer a place to relax and enjoy the tranquility. Which is why we help to keep them looking the way nature intended and free of litter (especially plastics) that ultimately end up being washed further downstream into the sea via the Blackwater estuary.
During Covid times there’s been a substantial increase in footfall along the Chelmer, which has also unfortunately meant an increase in litter too, so Maldon Canoe Club members thought it would be a good idea to hold a river clean on the Chelmer. The mighty clean up squad met up and worked from from Hoe Mill to Rushes lock and back, before finally finishing off in Hoe Mill Lagoon where they collected 10 large bags of rubbish. Apart from the usual litter they also found 4 fishing rods, snapped lines, hooks stuck in trees, a bird box, shoes, metal signs and 2 shopping baskets.
the club members also took the opportunity to present Paul Thwaites with the club’s annual Womble award for his numerous litter picks throughout the year – Well done Paul!