Spring clean for River Uck

A MASS spring clean took place at the River Uck on Sunday March 13 – seeing litter swept from the banks and rubbish removed from the river.

For the eighth consecutive year running, the Sussex Ouse Conservation Society (SOCS) were joined by members from the Brighter Uckfield Campaign to carry out the spring clean.

During the day the team managed to tidy the river from the Hempstead Meadows nature reserve, all the way downstream to the A22 Uckfield by-pass.

Over the years since the river clean-up initiative started there has been a huge reduction in the amount of items dumped in the river.

In the early years a haul of 1.7 tonnes was retrieved from the river – now just a single shopping trolley, wooden packing crate, fridge door, several tyres and polythene wrapping material were plucked from the waters.

Members said as with previous years the worst problem is litter, with almost 40 bags collected during the day.

A spokesman for the society and campaign said: “Without the efforts of SOCS in conjunction Brighter Uckfield Campaign this significant improvement would probably have not been possible.

“Maybe the message to protect our natural environment is getting through.The river is an important habitat for a variety of wildlife.”