Bedford RiverCare 2019 collects 107 bags of rubbish

Bedford River Clean up truck full of rubbish pulled from the river

Saturday’s Bedford RiverCare 2019 has been hailed a success after 150 volunteers collected 107 bags of rubbish from the River Great Ouse and along its banks.

107 bags of litter were collected, along with two prams, a shopping trolley, four bicycles and even a motorcycle

Over 150 people took part in the event, including teams from Bedford Sub-Aqua Club, Star Rowing Club, Bedford Scuba Divers, Viking Kayak Club, John Bunyan Boat, Bedford Sea Cadets, and Bedford McDonald’s.

A Borough Council spokesperson said “Rivercare is always a great community event helping keep our river and Embankment looking beautiful…

Thank you to everyone who came along, and to local businesses including McDonalds and the Star Rowing Club who provided much welcome refreshments for our amazing volunteers.”

If anyone wishes to organise a community clean-up themselves in Bedford or the surrounding villages, they can do so by getting in touch with the Volunteering Team at