Monday, 08 February 2016

Windermere divers go deep for litter pick day

TONS of rubbish are expected to be plucked from the depths of Windermere in a major clean-up exercise on Tuesday 25 october.

Up to 20 divers will take to the waters of the lake at Waterhead, near Ambleside.

It is all part of the British Sub-Aqua Club’s Underwater Litterpick 2012.

They will be retrieving submerged debris which presents a hazard to divers and swimmers and threatens the lake’s ecology.

A group of schoolchildren are planning to fashion some of items collected into fish and swans to sell for charity.

The underwater litterpicks are taking place nationwide until the end of October and will record the volume and type of litter found.

The Windermere litterpick, which begins at 9.30am and goes on until lunchtime, is a joint effort between Kendal and Lakes Sub-Aqua Club and explorer and broadcaster Paul Rose who lives overlooking the lake.

He explained it was decided to hold the event that day to coincide with a Fell Care Day being run by the Friends of the Lake District.

This will see a small army of volunteers doing footpath repairs, drain clearance, coppicing and woodland work on the hills surrounding the lake.

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