Draining the Don: The Great Sheffield River Clean-up

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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There’s going to be a big clean-up of The Don this weekend as part of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, and they’re looking for people to get involved

The River Stewardship Company and Don Catchment Rivers Trust are hosting the Great Sheffield River Clean-up on Saturday 23 March, and they’re looking for the adventurous among you to help out.


The clean-up is part of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival’s activism strand and will take place in Kelham Island between Ball Street Bridge and the Gardener’s rest, with the support of KINCA (Kelham Island and Neepsend Community Alliance), Sheffield City Kayak Club, and Sheffield Hallam University Canoe Club.


The clean-up is to take vital action to improve the health of the River Don and protect Sheffield against future flooding and also forms part of the River Stewardship Company’s month-long Riverlution Re-connected festival, celebrating the 10 year anniversary and the launch of the social impact generating initiative.


Elizabeth Townsend, RSC’s projects and communications officer, said: “At our roots, we are a non-profit social enterprise and so social impact and community engagement are incredibly important to us.



“The idea for the Great Sheffield River Clean up was created with Jane Campbell from Sheffield Adventure Film Festival who came to us with the desire to create an outdoor event to run alongside this years ShAFF.


“The aim of the day is to improve environmental quality, reduce flood risk and engage with as many members of the community as possible!”


Tasks on the day will include litter and debris removal from the bank as well as by boat and kayak, bug hotel making, planting, cutting back vegetation, and removing large debris from the channel. RSC will have a boat in the channel and Cal Major may also be taking to the water on her paddle board.


Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but children under 16 must be supervised by a responsible adult and only over 16s will be allowed on the water. All the protective gear you need will be provided but they ask you please bring warm clothes and wear sturdy footwear.


If you want to get involved, register your interest here.

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