The ruined riverbank: Plague of plastic marring beauty spots shows why Britain needs a spring clean

The reality of plastic pollution was horrifically clear when this river overflowed.

Trees and bushes along its banks were draped with ragged blue plastic bags.

The pollution is tainting a pocket of nature in east London, a haven where kingfishers can be seen darting into the water, bream come to spawn and black poplars, Britain’s rarest tree, grow beside the water.The scene makes visible what normally goes unseen – as plastic rubbish dropped in the water normally wends its way into the sea.

The shocking images come as the Great British Spring Clean 2021, which is organised by Keep Britain Tidy, calls on our loyal army of readers to help make the country cleaner and greener. 

The reality of plastic pollution was horrifically clear when this river overflowed. Trees and bushes along its banks were draped with ragged blue plastic bags. The pollution is tainting a pocket of nature in Hackney, east London

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