Big clean up on River Uck

River Uck clean up by Ron Hill
River Uck clean up by Ron Hill

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in when they joined together to give the River Uck its annual spring clean last week.

The Brighter Uckfield Campaign and Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust were busy working to clean litter from the banks of the River Uck on Sunday (April 13).

The River Uck is the principal tributary of the Ouse and supports a diversity of plantlife and wildlife.

Volunteers came along to support the clean up and over the course of the day picked up several bags full of litter.

Members of the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust put on waders so that they could go into the river and remove any rubbish in the water while the Brighter Uckfield Campaign group worked on the river banks.

Volunteers said they were encouraged to note that there has been a vast improvement in the amount of litter dropped on the banks of the river .

The group said it was really encouraging that since the inception of the spring cleanup back in 2004, things have improved significantly with no marked deterioration in recent years.

Organisers said the annual initiative has improved the river through the town, and the river is both an asset for residents and a resource for wildlife.

The river is used by sea trout which make an annual journey up the river from the sea.

The Ouse and Adur Trust was formed in March 2011.

It was formed through the merger of two river-based conservation societies and members of the umbrella Rivers Trust organisation.

The trust is a registered charity, comprised of volunteers and two staff members.

If you would like more information about the trust or would like to become a member visit its website at

To keep up to date with the Brighter Uckfield Campaign and any other clean ups in the area visit the group’s website at: