Communities’ help wanted to clean River Carron

Easter Carmuirs Primary pupils release brown trout into the river
Easter Carmuirs Primary pupils release brown trout into the river
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Volunteers are wanted to help undertake one of the biggest community clean-ups of the River Carron to be organised to date.

The Communities Along the Carron Association (CAtCA) has secured funding to carry out a professional clean-up of the waterway between Larbert viaduct and Langlees.

Work began at the viaduct on Monday and will move downstream daily, excluding weekends, until Friday, June 28. Work will then recommence for one or two weeks from July 15.

The main ‘in stream’ works will be carried out by contractor David Walker Landscapes and will involve the removal of fly tipping remains, large log jams and overhanging branches which are insecure or likely to catch debris in spate.

CAtCA member Christine Bell said: “We are appealing to anyone who wishes to volunteer to come along and help with the river banking works throughout the duration of the clean-up.

“As part of the project, one of the conditions set by our part funder – Falkirk Enterprise Trust – was that volunteer time could be matched financially for CAtCA to be able to add this financial value to the project and allow a more thorough job to be done.”

CAtCA was formed in 2009 with support from several organisations, including Falkirk Council, with the aim of determining the assets and issues along the River Carron, and collating the aspirations of the communities living alongside the waterway.

Since then it has played an active role in breathing new life into the river, which was once heavily polluted in stretches due to its use as a water source for local heavy industries.

Christine added: “If possible, advise us if and when you are available. This will allow us to co-ordinate tasks.

“Wear stout footwear, protective gloves and prepare for the weather. You should bring along any food or drinks you may need. Litterpicking equipment will be provided.

“The work on the bankings will involve clearing litter and fly tipped items and placing them in skips provided and generally helping with making the access routes clearer for path users and improving the area whilst being sensitive to wildlife habitats.

“If you have not contacted us in advance but wish to turn up, don’t let that prohibit you. Find us along the river and we will assign you to a task.”

To offer help, e-mail christine.bell@falkirk.gov.uk.