Our Mission:

A community group committed to returning the River Cale to a self-sustaining ecosystem that is rich in bio-diversity and to be enjoyed by all.



Dave Smith and Janice Blackwell retrieve the stereotypical urban river litter…..funnily enough these appear more and more now that you no longer need money in the slot.

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Wild Flower success!

The Royal Horticultural Society – It’s Your Neighbourhood Award Scheme is designed to give support and recognition to community action groups across the South West. There are five levels of attainment for the award:

  1. Establishing / 2. Improving / 3. Advancing / 4. Thriving / 5. Outstanding

In Wincanton, we have a Wild Flower Meadow that was created, and is maintained by C.A.T.C.H.

For the last few years we have entered this scheme and have attained ‘Establishing’, and ‘Advancing’, and are delighted to have achieved the highest recognition possible of ‘Outstanding’ for the second year running!

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27th January – Town stretch litter pick

On the 27th we are going to be litter picking through certain parts of the town stretch of the River Cale, and banks, etc.

This is a family freindly event and as such we will post further details here and on our Facebook / Twitter pages too.… ...read the rest

Quick New Years Day litter pick

Last of the Quality Street now gone so must be time to get back on it !

Posted by CATCH – Community Action to Transform Cale Habitat on Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Just a quick look at how C.A.T.C.H. aim to reduce the contamination of the local river, and what is still being found in the River Cale.… ...read the rest

Well if we say we are going to do it, we do it !

So beautiful down on the Cale today. Bit of graft put in but the River is looking so much better for it . Lovely to see the families enjoying the sunshine and a game of poo sticks off of Victorian Bridge. We were joined by a lovely Robin who spent time with us while we removed plastic and all sorts of cans , glass, wood, and the occasional toy. I think he was saying thank you to us ! #communityAction

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13th October 2018 – The signs are there folks….

After a few select local teenagers decided a CATCH sign no longer needed to be in place it was removed with pure excitement I’m sure and skimmed in to the Cale. However, with a bit of TLC in my garage it was repaired and is now back in place in the recreation ground.


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13th October 2018 – Magnet fishing!

An idea for an hour or two’s fun down at the river….grab a decent magnet, tie it onto a reasonable length of cord and fish the river for treasure. It just entertained three boys ages 11, 12, and 12 for the last few hours. Several topped wellies and a full chest of fresh air later and we have treasure….and it was free!!

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29th September – In-river litter pick (A303 south to sewage works) – approximately 1/2 mile

On a very pleasant Saturday morning, a small (and may I say elite) task force of three tackled a previously unexplored section of the River Cale from Wincanton, southwards to the sewage works.

You will see in the photo that we have stolen a great idea from the Wandle trust and have upcycled some plastic 45 gallon drums into rubbish carrying coracles for use when we are litter picking in-stream. They’re brilliant!

The aim was to litterpick and assess this part of the river and expand the boundaries of the CATCH(ment)…..

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27th September – Keep clear!!

Flow partially blocked by some fallen branches in the stretch of the River Cale behind Cavalier Way made short work of by CATCH committee member Simon with his chainsaw – and the result. The Cale flowing freely again.

If this had not been tackled promptly then come winter time any debris heading downstream would end up entangled and causing potential flood risk. Well done to Janice and Simon for their quick response!

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