Coats, shoes and half a ton of metal pulled from River Uck, Uckfield

Coats, shoes, fast food packaging and flower pots were among the haul of litter collected from the River Uck in Uckfield yesterday.

Altogether there were 35 sacks of litter, much of it environmentally damaging plastics. In addition, about half a ton of dumped metal was removed including two bikes and an animal cage.

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Firefighters, members of the Ouse and Adur River Trust and Uckfield residents were part of a team assembled by Brighter Uckfield group for the annual clean-up of the River Uck. Picture: Uckfield News.

About 30 people gathered to help with the clean-up including residents and members of Red Watch from Uckfield Fire Station who wore wet suits and so were able to reach more inaccessible areas.

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Wading through the River Uck to collect litter.  Picture: Neil Kerridge.

Neil Kerridge from Brighter Uckfield said the group was very grateful to the firefighters for their help and also Ouse and Adur River Trust members who came from various parts of East Sussex, including Brighton and Rottingdean.

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Helping to clean up the River Uck at Uckfield. Picture: Neil Kerridge.

Neil added: “This was another successful annual river clean-up, and every year the amount we remove seems to be less.

“This is partly because the river is being made progressively cleaner by the actions of the volunteers, but also because we are now trying to actively tackle fly tipping and bank side littering as best we can as it occurs throughout the year.”

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The final haul. Thirty-five bags of litter and half a ton of dumped metal, all removed from the River Uck yesterday. Picture: Neil Kerridge.

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