A youth group from Rickmansworth collected almost a quarter of a tonne of rubbish as part of the Great British Beach Clean campaign.
Batchworth Sea Scouts took to the local waterways on 15 September for the big clean as more than 30 Scouts gathered rubbish from Croxley Common Moor, the canal towpath between Common Moor Lock and Stockers Lock, the River Chess between Loudwater and Scots Bridge and the parkland on both sides of Riverside Drive.
Although a far cry from their normal scouting activities, cleaning up local waterways encouraged the Scouts to think about their daily plastic consumption and to upcycle some of their refuse. The event contributed to both the Naturalist and Environmental Conservation activity badges and the Scout World Challenge award.
Group Scout Leader, Michael Read, said: “One of the goals of Scouting is to make a bigger impact in our communities.
“The Batchworth Sea Scouts worked so hard to remove over 200kg of rubbish from the water and neighbouring land. It was a truly impressive effort.
“Our vision is to prepare more young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders who deliver an inspiring programme.
“This means recruiting more frontline adult volunteers who will receive great training, resources and support.”
Anyone interested in getting involved should visit www.batchworth.org