Big River Clean up, 22 June

Image above: River Thames clean-up organised by Active 360 two years ago

Big River Cleanup organised by paddle-boarding company Active 360 for 22 June

The Chiswick-based paddle-boarding company Active 360 has announced the return of ‘the Big River Cleanup’ after a two-year break.

The event, to remove as much plastic and other waste as possible from the River Thames and west London’s waterways, will take place on 22 June and is open to anyone willing to contribute to the cause.

Image above: a volunteer uses a litter pick 

Plastic pollution in the Thames “is not getting better”

The clean-up activities will cover a range of tasks, including litter collection along the shore and on the water, by canoe and paddleboard, and other initiatives designed to enhance the natural habitat along the waterways.

Active 360 encourages all participants to register in advance for the event, which you can do online at: berichmond.london/get-on-board

Included in the price is a training session at Kew Bridge on an evening or weekend before the event. There is a special discount for companies in the Richmond Business Improvement District (BID) and members of The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card scheme – both employees of participating businesses and Chiswick Calendar subscribers who have Club Cards.

Many companies have chosen litter-picking by paddleboard as a fun day out for their employees on previous river clean-ups, which they can chalk up their company’s Corporate Social Responsibiliy commitment.

Promoting the event, Active 360 Founder Paul Hyman told The Chiswick Calendar it would be great to get as many people as possible to clean up the river this year:

“The Thames is unfortunately still plastic polluted and not getting better.”

Image above: Plastic waste in the River Thames

Safety training

Recognising the increasing number of people using the waterways without proper experience or safety equipment, the Port of London Authority’s Assistant Harbour Master will be there this year, joining volunteers on the water to promote river safety.

Water sports such as canoeing and paddle-boarding are becoming increasingly popular and the PLA is finding people buy equipment online or from supermarkets and go on the River Thames with little to no experience. The Chiswick stretch of the river can be particularly tricky because of the tides, and river safety officials say the need for education on proper safety practices has become paramount.

For more information on how to get involved and register, please visit Active 360’s website or contact their team.

active360.co.uk/paddle-and-pick