Pickerel Project cleans up town’s ‘hidden’ riverside
A group of volunteers have been working hard to make the most of Stowmarket’s ‘green lung’.
The Pickerel Project meet every Monday to pick up litter, maintain plant life and vegetation, paint railings and generally tidy-up along the River Gipping.
The group were set up in 2000 as a Millennium project and have been quietly improving the waterway and riverbanks ever since.
Councillor Keith Scarf, who organises the group, said the river is a part of the town often overlooked.
“We like to say the river is a green lung through Stowmarket,” he said.
“Apart from clearing litter we like to task ourselves with other projects, like painting the railings on the bridges over the river or clearing logs.
“For example the other day we cleared up some trees that had fallen nearby and placed them on the other side of the river to create a ‘bug hotel’.
“It is surprising how many people don’t realise the river is there.
“We want to raise the status of the river and its importance to the town.”
If you would like to get involved, the group meet at the Station Road bridge at 10am on the first Sunday of every month.
For more information please visit www. stowmarket.org