Sometimes you don’t have to look very far to see responsible diving in action. I got home tonight, read my local newsletter and was amazed to read about a local diving group who had braved the river Avon in Chippenham on a mission to clear it of rubbish.
The team of volunteers fished out 42 shopping trolleys, 22 bikes, 6 scooters, a bus stop lamppost, 12 road cones and an assortment of other rubbish. This was all from a 40 metre stretch of river! Its an amazing story in more ways than one, that people can treat a natural environment as a such a dump is astonishing, but to think that a group of divers actually volunteered to do this job is incredible. I think its testament to the enthusiasm and determination of the divers. After a quick google into the story I found this link on the BBC website describing how after removing the three lorryloads of rubbish from the river, several of the divers came down sick.
The offices where I work are right next to the Avon in Chippenham. Having worked in central London for nearly 8 years before my great escape, I really appreciate being able to look out at the river and hear the ducks quacking. Thank you to Calne Diving Club for getting stuck in, clearing the river and making it a nicer place for everyone!