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Kayaking man collects rubbish from riverside

A committed community volunteer has taken to the water to help clear up a local river, as part of getting together of helpers looking to keep their local waterscape tidy.

Sandy Belloni took to the water in his own kayak to collect plastic bags hanging from the branches of riverside trees. With the shopping carriers having been discarded by the heavy flooding the river had experienced in recent months, the chairman of the Friends of Oxhey Park donned waterproofs and used his paddle to help retrieve the debris.

Mr Belloni was one of dozens of helpers who turned out for the drive to tidy up the River Colne, but a fellow volunteer said his actions were beyond what anyone was expecting.

Celia Smith, the event co-ordinator for the clean-up, said:

“Our chairman brought a kayak along with him. It was a bit above and beyond what we were expecting.”

Ms Smith went on to say that usually the park does not require much maintenance, but due to the torrential floods the high water had caused a lot of damage.

The secretary of the Friends of Oxhey Park continued to explain that it was not the first time the group, which meets at regular intervals on weekends to tidy the area, had attempted to remove the bags.

They had tried to get the plastic carriers on previous occasions, but could not quite reach until Mr Belloni came along with his kayak.

Clean and tidy riverbanks and stunning views are just one of the attractions of taking to the River Dee in a kayak for hire this weekend.