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Teams of debris divers to clean up Windermere.

MORE than 300 divers are to plunge into a North lake to retrieve litter from its bed.

The event will take place at Windermere in the Lake District on March 2 in what is believed to be the biggest freshwater debris dive in the world.

Led by the Friends of the Lake District's patron - explorer, diver and broadcaster Paul Rose - the divers will arrive from all over the country.

Teams will make a series of dives from the Royal Windermere Yacht Club to Ferry Nab through the day, including a night dive after 7pm of the area under the ferry jetties when ferries have stopped for the day, to collect debris that has accumulated over many years.

Volunteers organised by landscape conservation charity Friends of the Lake District will collect and sort the litter, some of which will be transformed into sculptures by groups of school children from Langdale and Hawkshead Primary schools, the Lakes School, and John Ruskin School.

Paul Rose said: "Windermere is my home town and we're incredibly proud of this lake, yet no one knows what we're putting there.

"By debris-diving inland lakes like Windermere, and then producing art from the rubbish, we hope to surprise and engage people in the ocean debris issue. as 80% of all litter entering the oceans comes from fresh water rivers anyway."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2013
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