Monday, August 24, 2009

RBAG takes direct action

Here's the press release Jo sent out after the successful clear-up a week ago - more of the rubbish can be viewed by clicking here.

Members of the Ruscombe Brook Action Group (RBAG) got their hands dirty today and cleaned up a section of the brook below Ruscombe village.

Twelve volunteers turned out to clear litter as well as larger items including two sofas, a large yellow dustbin and the remains of an old tent. Works to prevent erosion to the banks of the brook were commenced. Stroud District Council supported the clean up by providing equipment and disposing of the large pile of rubbish.

Jo Bottrill, treasurer of RBAG commented, "It's fantastic that we've had such a positive turn out today. Clearing these items from the brook make it a more attractive place for people to visit as well as helping to prevent flooding further downstream. The brook is an important corridor for wildlife and removing this rubbish helps make it a more valuable habitat."

The group is working with several local partners to find schemes that will prevent flooding; improve water quality and encourage wildlife. The group's AGM is scheduled for Tuesday 15th September at Randwick Village Hall.