We’ve made a monster

PUBLISHED: 16:53 19 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

Members of the Friends of Walsworth Common with the Purwell Monster

Members of the Friends of Walsworth Common with the Purwell Monster

A JUNK monster was stalking river banks last weekend after it was plucked from the depths of a river. The Purwell Monster was put together by the Friends of Walsworth Common, from Hitchin, after they decided to put junk pulled from the River Purwell to go

A JUNK monster was stalking river banks last weekend after it was plucked from the depths of a river.

The Purwell Monster was put together by the Friends of Walsworth Common, from Hitchin, after they decided to put junk pulled from the River Purwell to good use.

After receiving a pair of waders from North Hertfordshire District Council the community group, which meets on the second Saturday of each month to clean up the town's Walsworth Common, decided to free the river of junk.

Mary Brenchley, who started the group in June, said: "We couldn't create a permanent Purwell Monster as there would be nowhere to site it where vandals wouldn't throw it into the river, so it has been dismantled for NHDC to remove it with the rest of the rubbish, which included two bikes this time.

"The council bought us 14 litter pickers and recently the waders worn by George Howe for the first time on Saturday.

"Unfortunately he still couldn't reach the post of the NHDC sign vandalised by someone and was suspicious that it would still be set in concrete and would be impossible to lift out."

In addition to the monster, other creatures have been roaming the water banks recently in the form of water voles and people are being asked by Mrs Brenchley to cut down the amount of bread fed to the ducks.

"This encourages rats which kill ducklings and water voles," she said.


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