Huge haul of rubbish in Yate river Frome clean-up

October 27 2021
Huge haul of rubbish in Yate river Frome clean-up

A VOLUNTEER clean-up team removed a huge amount of rubbish from the river Frome in Yate.

The day of action to mark World Rivers Day, on a stretch of the river near the Stover Industrial Estate in late September, was organised by charity the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust, weeks after it published a study that found high levels of pollutants in the river.

The 20 volunteers found six large car tyres, several road cones and car parts, hose pipes and 15 bags full of rubbish in and around the river.

A second clean-up of the river in Eastville, Bristol, the following day saw 12 volunteers remove 17 tyres, three shopping trolleys, road cones and ten bags full of litter.

BART spokesperson Rozy Gray said: "We found so much more rubbish in the river than expected and were really impressed with the community efforts to make these river cleans a success.

"The removal of this litter will make a real difference to the river, for both local biodiversity and the local community.

"BART would like to say thank you to our wonderful volunteers for their hard work, the Environment Agency for funding the river cleans, and our partners South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol Council and Bristol Frome Reconnected."

Last month the Voice reported that BART had recruited volunteers to take part in water quality testing in local streams and rivers for its WaterBlitz event in July.

Their results showed levels of pollution on the rise, with more than half of the 47 samples from the river Frome – which flows Chipping Sodbury and Yate on its way from its source at Dodington to Bristol's Floating Harbour – and its tributaries showing a high level of nutrient pollution, while 34% showed a medium level.

High levels of polluting nitrates or phosphates were recorded at Nibley Lane, near Goose Green Way and next to Wickwar Road. Medium levels were recorded in most other locations in Yate and Sodbury, with dumped litter and algae also spotted in several locations.

To get involved with BART clean-up and other events email rozy@bristolavonriverstrust.org.