Kayaking litter-picker went 'above and beyond'

Kayaking litter-picker went 'above and beyond'

Kayaking litter-picker went 'above and beyond'

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Armed with a paddle, waders and a kayak, one dedicated volunteer went "above and beyond" to clear up Oxhey Park this weekend.

More than a dozen helpers turned up to spring clean the park on Saturday in a bid to clear away rubbish accumulated over the past few months.

While most came prepared with wellies and a bin bag, the chairman of Friends of Oxhey Park, Sandy Belloni, arrived with his own kayak in a bid to tackle the growing number of disused plastic bags that have accumulated along the River Colne.

Weeks of torrential rain and turbulent weather earlier this year meant the high water levels had caused plastic bags to get caught in some of the lower branches of the trees.

Taking the initiative, Mr Belloni, jumped into the kayak and paddled around collecting the disused bags.

Celia Smith, secretary of Friends of Oxhey Park, co-ordinated the event.

She said: "Our chairman brought a kayak along with him. It was a bit above and beyond what we were expecting.

"The park itself isn’t often too bad but there were floods there and the water got incredibly high which meant that lots of the plastic bags became attached to the branches which we just couldn’t reach, so Sandy and his kayak did the job."

The group run the clear up sessions on the second Saturday of most months.

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5:16pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Outstanding!

Well done.
Outstanding! Well done. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: 6

10:38pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Popeonarope says...

I was there a while ago and the river is sadly so silted up, trees are growing on the built up sediment. Lots of new paths and play areas and a bridge but the river has been neglected.
Fantastic volunteer work. I spent most of my childhood in the park.
I was there a while ago and the river is sadly so silted up, trees are growing on the built up sediment. Lots of new paths and play areas and a bridge but the river has been neglected. Fantastic volunteer work. I spent most of my childhood in the park. Popeonarope
  • Score: 3

10:42pm Tue 15 Apr 14

TRT says...

Well done that man! It was definitely needed. And the river desperately needs dredging along the path side.
Well done that man! It was definitely needed. And the river desperately needs dredging along the path side. TRT
  • Score: 3

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