Online Talk/Q&A: Cleaning up litter in Chesterfield’s waterways

19-08-20 19:00 - 20:00

Plastic pollution is an issue that affects all of us. Even in Chesterfield, many miles from the sea.

The River Rother was once one of Europe’s most polluted rivers. Now local charity, Don Catchment Rivers Trust are working with the Chesterfield community to eradicate damaging invasive species and remove decades of industrial and plastic waste from the river.
Once plastics get into Chesterfield’s waterways, they start to break down into tiny plastic particles, which if wildlife, fish ingest, can cause them to die. And if that doesn’t happen in our rivers and streams, plastic waste will make it’s way to oceans, causing a dangerous threat to the species that reside there.
Plastic Free Chesterfield presents Catchment Officer, Matt Duffy, for a free online talk about the Hidden Heritage Secret Streams project, some of their most interesting and unusual finds from the river & stream clean ups, and how you can get involved in future clean ups.
Matt’s talk will be followed by Q&A.
In order to secure your place, make sure you register via Eventbrite


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    Join us for a spring walk around Melton Wood, just north west of Sprotbrough (Doncaster). This one-off event is being held as part of the All Hands on the Don Lottery Funded project. Rebecca, our Project Assistant, will take us around the woods and show us the beautiful spring wildflowers.

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    When: 10 am start, with the walk lasting approximately 1.5 hours
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  • 15-05-24 10:00 - 15-05-24 11:00


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    Location: End of Clayton Street, S41 0DU
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    10 am prompt start, with the walk lasting approximately 3 hours

    Book tickets: This event is free to attend but spaces must be booked through the Chesterfield Walking Festival website here.

    NOTE: This walk is linear. It will not finish in the same location it started so please be aware of this for any return journeys. 


  • 17-05-24 10:00 - 17-05-24 11:30


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    Book tickets: This event is free to attend but spaces must be booked through the Chesterfield Walking Festival website here.


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