Great river clean up

Image above: Paddleboarders out cleaning up plastic litter from the River Thames; photograph Active 360

Around 150 paddle boarders will take to the water on Thursday (9 September) together with 100 volunteers on the towpaths, to clear plastic and other litter from the Thames between Kew Bridge and Twickenham.

This major river clean-up initiative, titled ‘Get on Board‘ is being organised by Be Richmond, which represents over 300 businesses in Richmond town centre, and Active 360, who organise paddle boarding from their place in the arches underneath Kew Bridge.

It will involve all sections of the community including businesses, residents, charities, local councils and members of the homeless community. Leader of Richmond Council, Gareth Roberts will be taking part on the water, while borough Mayor Geoff Acton will be on the towpath.

It’s the third outing for Get on Board, following successful clean-ups in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 event was cancelled because of Covid.

Image above: Paddleboarders out cleaning up plastic litter from the River Thames; photograph Active 360

All the paddle board places are now sold out and the waiting list is full.

Be Richmond say all plastic and litter collected will be either recycled or used to generate green energy – nothing will go to landfill.

Date:        9 September 2021
Time:        From 12.00 noon
Start:        Kew Bridge
Finish:      River Lane, Petersham, Richmond

Be Richmond would like to thank local natural, historic and environment charity Habitats & Heritage, for their invaluable help organising the towpath litter pick walks. Habitats & Heritage carries out environmental work south and west London. Their activities include nature conservation volunteering, supporting local crowdfunding campaigns, community clean-ups and organising park groups.

If you’re interested in learning to paddle board, contact Paul Hyman at Active 360 by phone on 0203 393 5360 or through the Active 360 website.

active360.co.uk

Image above: Paddleboarders out cleaning up plastic litter from the River Thames; photograph Active 360

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