Spring River Litter Clean Up

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About the clean-­up

The Arun & Rother Rivers Trust is running a spring river clean-up event on the River Lavant on Tuesday 2nd June 2015, which coincides with this year’s Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2015), an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. Volunteers from the Environment Agency and local community groups will pitch in to tackle litter in an urbanised section of the River Lavant in the centre of Chichester.

The clean-up will start at 10:00, so please arrive 10-15 minutes early to register. We will stop for lunch around 12:30 (currently awaiting confirmation from Waitrose who may provide lunch), and aim to wrap up by 15:30 at the latest. We will cover the stretch of the river running at the back of Avenue De Chartres car park and along Bishops Walk (please see blue line of arrows on site map below).

Meeting location: Riverside path at the back of Avenue De Chartres car park, Chichester PO19 8DJ (please see blue marker on site map). Ample parking available around the site.

All equipment is provided however volunteers are asked to wear sturdy footwear (hard boots or Wellingtons are fine) and weather-appropriate clothing.

If you require more information or would like to take part, please contact Vee Moore on 07884 868151 or email projectdevelopmentofficer@arrt.org.uk.

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About the river

The River Lavant is a lovely winterbourne (i.e. flows mainly in the winter and spring when the water table in the chalk is high) that rises at East Dean as a spring from the chalk of the South Downs and flows west to Singleton, then south past West Dean and Lavant to Chichester. From east of Chichester, its original course down to the sea at Pagham was diverted by the Romans to flow around the southern walls of Chichester and then west into Chichester Harbour.