The ‘Save the River Usk” campaign march will take place in Brecon on Friday, May 26 at 12pm.

The march is to bring awareness to the state of the River Usk.

Organiser and Chair of Save the River Usk, Angela Jones has previously held marches in Usk, Abergavenny and Crickhowell. She was recently asked to speak in Westminster to MPs on the state of our Welsh rivers and she says the Usk is the most polluted protected river in Wales. 

She has trained up 80 volunteers on the Usk, who are testing water to gather crucial data to hold polluters to account.

For the march, they will be joined by the Mayor of Usk, councillors, fishermen, schoolchildren, WI groups and many more people. Anyone interested is encouraged to join the march and bring their family and friends.

The marching group will gather at 11.45am at Brecon Canal Basin and walk up through the town, stopping along the way for talks before looping back round and finishing back at their start point.

Among the nine River Special Areas of Conservation in Wales, the River Usk has the highest incidence of phosphate pollution from agriculture and sewage and is on the verge of ecological collapse. 

Organiser and Chair of Save the River Usk, Angela Jones said: “By dorming the group Save the River Usk 16 months ago I want to bring awareness and gather data to hold polluters to account as well as Natural Resource Wales who are not protecting our river.

“This march is to bring awareness and link the people of Brecon up to the rest of the River Usk. I have organised marches in Usk, Abergavenny, Crickhowell and Now Brecon.

“I’ve campaigned tirelessly on the Wye for many years and feel our Usk needs a voice as together we will bring change, and nature deserves respect.”