Read about the Witton Lakes Yellow Fish scheme aiming to encourage the community to reduce water pollution
On 29 June 2010, the Yellow Fish scheme took place at Witton Lakes, Birmingham. The event was carried out by the Junior Wardens, a local group consisting of 12 school children from three local primary schools. Run by the Friends of Witton Lakes and Urban Devotion Birmingham, it delivers a project aimed at encouraging children to become more community conscious through engaging them in community activities. Part of this is the highly successful Duckling Watch, which has increased numbers of wildfowl on the lakes.
Following a fish kill event in June 2009 and an oil pollution one in January 2010, the Junior Wardens decided to adopt Yellow Fish to help prevent pollution. Barratt Homes had been working with the group already due to their presence in the community building homes. They backed the project and with the support of Birmingham City Council Yellow Fish was launched.
Read what they have to say about Yellow Fish:
Melissa Goodlet – Urban Devotion Birmingham and Junior Wardens scheme
"The Yellow Fish project is a fantastic way to engage children in making a positive contribution to their community. The Junior Wardens Project exists to inspire and motivate children from the Perry Common area to make a difference in their locality. This project fits with this aim perfectly and adds another dimension to the project that is educational both for themselves and the local residents."
Linda Hines – Friends of Witton Lakes and Junior Wardens scheme
"I fully support this project as I have unfortunately witnessed first hand the massive implications of harmful substances entering the storm drains, whether by accident or malicious intent."
Andy Cohu – Barratt Homes
"We are delighted to be able to support the Yellow Fish campaign, which will not only create pollution awareness, but will also help to enhance the Perry Common area for everyone who lives here."
Guy Wood – Connect Right and Severn Trent Water Ltd.
"Yellow Fish aims to encourage communities to help reduce water pollution and fits perfectly with the aims of Connect Right. We are pleased to give Yellow Fish our full support."
Photographs taken by John Charlton.