Rushden Sea Cadets give town's Greenway a spring clean

A discarded microwave and an old toilet seat were among the items found during the socially distanced litter pick

A group of Sea Cadets gave up their time to carry out a clean-up of the Greenway.

In honour of Earth Day 2021 on Thursday (April 22), members of Rushden's Sea Cadets organised a socially distanced litter pick along the East Northamptonshire Greenway on Sunday morning.

They tackled the section of the Greenway from Rushden Lakes to Asda in the town centre.

Rushden Sea Cadets show off their stash of rubbish

Funded by the Heritage Lottery through the Nenescape Partnership, the Greenway is a popular location for dog walkers, runners, cyclists and families wanting to escape Rushden’s busy streets and in recent years the route has been upgraded, with signposting, seating and a mural in the tunnel that passes under Washbrook Road.

However, not everyone looks after the Greenway with some deciding to leave their litter behind for others to clean up.

So, with Earth Day coming up, the Sea Cadets decided to pull on their rubber gloves, grab some refuse sacks and give the place a spring clean.

Rubbish found by the youngsters during the little pick included a discarded microwave and an old toilet seat.

Junior Cadet Summer is not impressed with find an abandoned toilet seat

The event was organised by Ordinary Cadet Robert as part of his leadership module, and he was amazed at the amount of encouragement and support they received from passers-by, which left the cadets with a real feeling of pride and self-worth that made it all worthwhile.

Afterwards, the cadets were treated to some well-earned refreshments thanks to Tessa from Really Awesome Coffee in Corby who sponsored the event.

Rushden Sea Cadets is part of the national Marine Society and Sea Cadets Charity - a youth organisation that provides a wide range of fun activities to more than15,000 youngsters between the ages of nine and 18 at almost 400 locations throughout the UK.

Sea Cadets offers a huge range of activities for youngsters, including sailing, windsurfing, rowing and power boating as well as learning about aviation, cyber security, catering, engineering and many other engaging activities.

Members of Rushden Sea Cadets taking a break at the mural

Rushden Sea Cadets is open again after the recent lockdown and is looking for new cadets to join the group.

If you know someone aged nine or over who might be interested in joining Rushden Sea Cadets, visit or find them on Facebook @SeaCadetsRushden or Instagram @SeaCadetsRushden.

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