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Environment Agency volunteers clean-up Osney waterways

We were delighted to welcome Environment Agency staff, usually based in the Wallingford office,  down to the hydro yesterday as part of their corporate volunteer day to help improve Oxford and its waterways.

The five-strong team normally focus on supporting the Environment Agency’s Area Leadership Team, but yesterday they got to grips with tackling graffiti, litter-picking, vegetation clearance and helping maintain the grounds of the community-owned Osney Lock hydro power plant.

The team litter-picked over four miles alongside the River Thames and Oxford Canal, collecting seven sacks of litter for disposal and recycling.  Focusing on some anti-social behaviour hotspots, six used needles and a knife were recovered and safely disposed of.

Many thanks to the team for all their help at the hydro and along our local waterways.

The session was organised as part of the Oxford Waterways Project, led by Oxford City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency, Canal & River Trust and Oxfordshire County Council, it’s focus is to maximise the benefits of the waterways and to improve them for all.

EA volunteer Jemma (left) helped cut the grass at the Osney Lock Hydro, following a guided tour by OLH Director Ruth

EA volunteer Jemma (left) helped cut the grass at the Osney Lock Hydro, following a guided tour by OLH Director Ruth

Four miles of waterway and public space were litter-picked

Four miles of waterway and public space were litter-picked

Unsightly graffiti on the Osney Island was painted out

Unsightly graffiti on the Osney Island was painted out