The lower section of the River Roe benefited from some tender loving care recently when numerous willing volunteers carried out a clean-up from Limavady Town to Swann’s Bridge that resulted in over a tonne of dumped material being collected!
This unique partnership brought together Roe Angling Association, Causeway Coast Kayak Association (CCKA), Loughs Agency and Limavady Borough Council. In addition it was an opportunity for pupils from North Coast Integrated College completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme to make a positive contribution to the local environment.
The Kayak Club and Loughs Agency supplied canoes to help collect and remove the material from the area and the local knowledge and presence of Roe Angling Association was invaluable.
Limavady Borough Council’s Countryside Officer Richard Gillen explained, “The River Roe, and its tributaries, are a great asset to the area. The Roe is important in terms of angling and for outdoor recreation. In addition it is a Special Area of Conservation which makes it of European importance particularly because of the presence of salmon and otters. The removal of polluting and unsightly material from the river and its banks makes a positive contribution to the good health of this important habitat.”
Mr Gillen continued: “The response to this ‘pilot’ event was fantastic and it is hoped that another clean up event will run later in the year on another section of the river. If any group or individual is interested in taking part, please get in touch with me at Council Offices on 028 7776 0304.
“Thanks are due to all those who volunteered their time, in particular the members of Roe Angling Association and Causeway Coast Kayak Association who highlighted the need for the event.”
“Limavady Borough Council supports the principles of Leave No Trace, an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research & partnerships. This type of event links perfectly to this programme,” concluded Mr Gillen.