Sunday, September 24, 2023

Residents gather together to clean up corner of East Tilbury

A GROUP of community minded residents gathered together on Sunday morning (Aug 27th) to help clean up a corner of East Tilbury.

Led by wildlife photographer, Nick Lay, the group met at Gobions Park before heading down to a water course that is

Nick explained what they were doing. He said: “I’m sick to the back teeth seeing rubbish dumped in my local water course and seeing rusty old cans and shopping trolleys there.

“I’m sick of local trusts saying there going to do this and do that.. Well that never happens we decided to do it ourself.

It’s only a small body of water that holds good numbers of water vole kingfishers and lots of other wildlife.

But my main aim was to help the water vole thrive. They need our help.

“I would like to thank everyone who came and helped. It has made a great deal of difference.

Gobions 2

Gobions 1

Below is a film made by photographer, Geoff Smith, which highlights the problems down on the water course.


  1. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that took part in the big clean up on sunday. You all gave up your free time on sunday to collect rubbish from around gobins park and along the gobins water way. You should give your self a huge pat on the back. This will be an ongoing littler pick ..we are looking at mid september for the next one. I would also like to get a small team of volunteers together to start work cleaning the water way creating open spaces and seating areas for people to sit and watch the wildlife ie the water vole.


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