Next year, Bristol Avon Rivers Trust will be launching a new project in Frome; Frome Rivers for People, and they would like to invite both individuals and community groups to get involved.

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust is a community-led charitable organisation which aims to improve rivers for the benefit of wildlife and people, and undertakes practical river restoration and management work. They run numerous environmental, education, and community engagement projects. They ran their previous project, Frome Town Rivers for People, in 2016 and it was very successful. They also ran activities at the Frome Festival, engaging the community in river dipping sessions and nature walks along the river. They are going to be running a similar project in early 2018, and would like to invite individual volunteers and community groups who may wish to get involved.

The 2018 Frome Rivers for People project will comprise of river dipping sessions, Yellowfish events and litter picks. River dipping will engage people in what lies beneath the surface of their nearest river or stream, revealing a hidden world of aquatic animals and minibeasts which many people don’t know exist! Yellowfish is an anti-pollution awareness campaign which involves taking groups out around their local area to spray yellow fish symbols on to storm drains with non-toxic washable paint. The Yellowfish markings remind us that anything poured down the drain leads directly to the river, and has the potential to harm wildlife. The litter picks will engage the community in cleaning up the river and making it safer and more appealing, and there will also be the opportunity for community groups learn how to run their own litter picking sessions in they future.

These activities are completely free and suitable for all ages; adults, young people and children, as well as groups with additional needs. If you would like to find out more, please email info@volunteerfrome.org.