Paddlers clean up the River Axe

PUBLISHED: 07:01 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:03 25 April 2018

Axe Vale Canoe Club members with the  rubbish they collected from the riverbanks. Picture: SUBMITTED

Axe Vale Canoe Club members with the rubbish they collected from the riverbanks. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Canoe club members remove hundreds of pieces of rubbbish from the riverbanks

Hundreds of items of riverbank rubbish were collected by members of the Axe Vale Canoe Club at the weekend.

Some 21 members stopped to pick up litter during a paddle from Colyford to Seaton harbour.

Eleven canoes were filled to the brim with discarded items which included four tyres, a car wheel and a bumper, bits of furniture and hundreds of plastic bottles and canisters of various sizes.

At the end of the journey East Devon District Council went along to collect the rubbish and take it away for proper disposal.

Spokeswoman Deb Stamp said the clean up had been so successful the club now planned to make it an annual event.

“I want to thank all the paddlers who attended and made this a great event,” she added.

Meanwhile during the summer season the club plans to continue to clean beaches and hidden coves they visit to help the environment and wildlife.

For more information on Axe vale Canoe Club go to info@axevalecc.co.uk

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