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CA.T.C.H. Action Day Sunday 6th July 2014

Wednesday 2 July 2014, 15:08
By Steve Lee

C.A.T.C.H. litter-pickers with the piles of rubbish they collected

On Sunday 6th July 2014, 9am, the voluntary group C.A.T.C.H. (Community Action to Transform the Cale Habitat) will be meeting at the town’s recreation ground car park, to carry out not only a litter-pick but also the removal of areas of Himalayan Balsam; an invasive plant not native to this country which dominates the river bank making it hard for our native species to thrive.

The group will also be carrying out drainage mapping. The importance of the mapping is to establish a comprehensive understanding of all water courses which enter the river; vital for controlling potential pollutants.

C.A.T.C.H. logoAmerican author Mark Helprin once wrote, "A good river is nature's life work in song." C.A.T.C.H. like to think that the work they carry out on and around the river gives nature a bit of a helping hand.

The group is now well established and has been successful in securing grant funding to purchase insurance, safety equipment and litter-picking aids, all essential items in ensuring that everyone involved is safe while carrying out the work.

We want to encourage as many of you as possible to join us on Sunday 6th July 2014 from 9am onwards. The event isn’t just about picking up rubbish, it is about encouraging everyone to come along and enjoy the river. This is a great, family orientated opportunity to become a force for good in nature and our community.

Group members will be on hand to discuss their work and would be more than happy to do so. If you would like to know more or get involved call the C.A.T.C.H. phone today on 07597 127 187 and have a chat with a member who will be happy to answer your questions.

The group’s work can also be followed on Facebook (RiverCaleCleanUp), on Twitter (@rivercalecatch), and on their own website, You can also email us at .

In the interest of safety C.A.T.C.H. must insist that all children be accompanied by an adult. Appropriate clothing and footwear are recommended if you would like to assist with the work.

The C.A.T.C.H. team getting their feet wet


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