Posted: Tuesday 9th August 2011
A stretch of the River Tyne at Blaydon is a lot cleaner after volunteers from The Sage Gateshead donned wellingtons and gloves in the latest “river bank raid” hosted by the Clean Tyne Project.
The Clean Tyne Project is a partnership between the Port of Tyne and the river’s bordering council authorities of Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Newcastle. The project aims to clean up the river and raise public awareness of environmental issues.
The clean up resulted in a full skip of plastic, industrial debris and driftwood being removed and all the volunteers were issued with protective clothing and given extensive health and safety briefings before starting the work.
Stephen Little, chair of the Sage Gateshead’s Green Team was impressed with the way that his colleagues had tackled the cleanup operation.
“In such a short period of time we managed to fill a skip with debris from the riverbank, it was amazing how much of an improvement the team made to the local environment,” he said. “It’s also stopped large tree trunks and other debris floating further downstream and spoiling the river near to buildings such as the Sage Gateshead and the Baltic.”
Jayne Gibson who manages the Clean Tyne Project urged other businesses with an environmental and social conscience to take part in future clean ups.
“Volunteering for just half a day makes a massive difference to the riverside and our project,” she said. “In the last five years we have removed thousands of tons of rubbish from the river making it a great place for people to live, work and enjoy their leisure time once more.”
Organisations and companies who wish to take part in future events or sponsorship opportunities should contact Keith Newman on 07814 397951.
Keith Newman 07814 39795